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PlantFiles: China Meadow Rue
Thalictrum coreanum

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thalictrum (tha-LIK-trum) (Info)
Species: coreanum (kor-ee-AH-num) (Info)

Synonym:Thalictrum ichangense var. coreanum

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jrtinker On Jun 2, 2013, jrtinker from Palmer, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

This charming little plant has proven to be extremely hardy in South central Alaska, and has survived several "wipe-out" winters since it was first planted in 1998. A single 2 inch pot with four stems has grown to a patch about two square feet in size. The leaves look more like an Epimedium than a Thalictrum, with charming small pink fluffy flowers that dance above the leaves in mid-summer. The plant makes small potato-like tubers.

Positive Malus2006 On Feb 18, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I will agree that this species is unusually rare in the plant trade - just look at how many people have it just 2 so far- I got it in a plant sale - very nice groundcover - will spread over a good area - nice for shade rock gardens and their little balls of fuzz give it a interesting look. Too bad not more people have heard of it - it's a tough little plant!

Positive MN_Darren On Aug 23, 2004, MN_Darren from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

This is an excellent, small Meadow Rue, suitable for rock gardens and ground cover. The foliage is a bit unusual for the genus in that the leaves are light, airy and springy, very much like an Epimedium. The shape of each leaf is slightly hexagonal, vaguely like a nasturtium, and rather large for the diminutive size of the plant. The flowers are little pale pink/white starbursts similar to T. aquilegiafolium, but less dense. They start blooming quite early in Spring and continue well into Autumn. However, I have never seen a seed or a seedling, which is also unusual. Fortunately, (or unfortunately?) they spread rather quickly by rhizomes. Given reasonable attention, they are very rugged and easily divided. They could be invasive, but I have yet to change my overwhelmingly positive opinion after ten years. I merely grab a sharp knife and cut around the plant to remove unwanted rhizomes, which can be planted elsewhere. The only fault I can see is that they are rather difficult to find, and expensive. I paid $10.00 for a tiny 2" pot at Rice Creek Gardens in Minnesota.


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

Palmer, Alaska
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Portland, Oregon

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