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PlantFiles: Shining Meadow Rue
Thalictrum lucidum

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thalictrum (tha-LIK-trum) (Info)
Species: lucidum (loo-sid-um) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Feb 6, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

An extraordinarily beautiful plant, and easily grown. The flowers are showy lemon-yellow powderpuffs much like the more commonly grown Thalictrum flavum. A statuesque plant, it easily reaches 6 feet tall. It was the glossy, finely divided leaves that really drew me to this plant the first time I saw it.

Prefers dappled shade and consistently moist, well-drained soil. It may need staking in excessive shade.

Meadow-rues do not like hot-summer climates with night temperatures over 70F. I haven't grown this plant in the Southeastern US, but I suspect it may not do well south of Z7.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Lexington, Virginia

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