Perennials & Biennials

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  • Thalictrum aquilegifolium Meadowrue, Feathered columbine Z 5-9

    Strikingly delicate lavender plumes



    Strikingly delicate looking lavender plumes on 3′ tall foliage resembling a columbine.

    Size: 36" x 18"
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe and North Asia
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    In 1629 Parkinson, apothecary to James I and later, botanist to Charles I, called this “Tufted columbine” a descriptive name, the flowers are tufted and the leaves resemble those of a columbine.  Ancient Romans used it to cure ulcers, the plague and “the Faundife.”  Romans stuffed children’s’ pillows with the flowers to bring them wealth.  Liberty Hyde Bailey described Thalictrum aquilegifolium as:  “A good garden plant and frequently planted,”(1913). Cultivated in U.S. since 1700’s.

  • Thalictrum dasycarpum Purple meadowrue Z 4-9

    Panicles of delicate dangling ivory flowers May to July, purple stems



    Panicles of delicate dangling ivory flowers May to July, purple stems.

    Size: 4-5’ x 2’
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to moist soil
    Native: All North America except Atlantic & Pacific coasts and northern Canada, Wisconsin native

    Collected for gardens by 1842.  Used by Native Americans to enliven horses by giving them seeds or rubbing a poltice on their muzzles. (Pawnee & Lakota)  Meskwaki, Ponca & Potawatomi used as an aphrodisiac.  Potawatomi smoked a mixture of this and tobacco before meeting their woman.  HoChunk used it to perfume smoke. For Potawatomi smoking dried seeds brought luck in hunting.  Ponca boys made flutes from the hollow stems.

  • Thalictrum delavayi Yunnan meadow rue Z 4-7

    Purple flowers with showy sepals and stamens from July to August



    Purple to lavender flowers with showy sepals and stamens from July to August. One of internationally known garden designer Piet Oudolf’s 100 “MUST HAVE” plants, Gardens Illustrated  94 (2013)

    Size: 30” x 20”
    Care: sun - part shade in moist humusy soil
    Native: Tibet and China
    Wildlife Value: Attracts Black swallowtail butterfly
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Thalictrum is from Greek meaning “to flourish” or “look green.”  This species discovered by and named for Pére Jean Delavay (1838-1895), French missionary to China.  Delavay found about 1500 new species in his three (3) trips to China. He sent his discoveries to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.  In 1880 he contracted bubonic plague while in China, which disabled him the remainder of his life.

  • Thalictrum dioicum Early meadowrue Z 5-9

    Chartreuse blooms in spring



    Hanging chartreuse blooms dangle from the stems in spring

    Size: 30" x 24"
    Care: shade to part shade in moist or moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: Quebec west to No. Dakota, south to Georgia, Wisconsin native

    Cherokee made an infusion of the root to cure nausea and diarrhea.  Iroquois used it to remedy sore eyes and heart palpitations.  The plant also would “make you crazy.”  1st collected by Rev. John Banister who moved to colonial Virginia in 1678.  A gunman mistakenly shot and killed him while he collected plants.  Thomas Drummond collected this on the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains before 1800.