Thalictrum Rochebrunianum. Meadow Rue. 2-3 Litre Pot
- RHS: Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Sun or dappled shade.
- Soil: Well drained, Moisture retentive.
- Growth Rate: Medium.
- Flowering Period: June, July, August.
- Hardiness: Hardy.
- Eventual Height: 150cms.
- Eventual Spread: 75cms.
Thalictrum Rochebrunianum (Meadow Rue)
This perennial plant, which originates from Japan, is one of the most stunning and majestic looking Meadow Rues available. It’s lacy, bluish green foliage and lofty open clusters of pendulous lavender-rose flowers and conspicuous yellow anthers make it a firm favourite with garden designers and flower arrangers alike.
This Thalictrum flowers from mid to late summer, for up to six weeks, and although quite tall, rarely needs staking due to it’s sturdy deep wine-purple stems. It is attractive to bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. The tall flowers are excellent for cutting and placing in large floral vases. The plants are perfect for planting in a wild flower garden, where they will easily naturalise and become a permanent feature. For the greatest impact they are best planted groups. They also make great companions with contrasting shrubs such as the purple leaved Cotinus or the perennial Lysimachia Firecracker. Perovskia blue spire would also be a good companion to lend support.
Looking after your Thalictrum Rochebrunianum.
These plants are relatively untroubled by pests and diseases although they can sometimes get powdery mildew during dry periods. They can be cut back after flowering if necessary to tidy up, but that will mean you loose sight of the attractive seed heads and foliage. Careful division is best done either in early autumn or early spring. New divisions can take a while to establish and may need initial staking especially if in a slightly exposed position.
Plant in a moisture retentive soil preferably in light shade. Please remember that plants are quite late to emerge again after dormancy and you may not see new foliage until late spring.
- Make sure that when you receive the plant that you water it well.
- When planting, dig a hole a bit bigger than the pot and add any compost etc. to the removed earth if needed.
- Remove the plant from the pot and place it in the prepared hole at the same depth as it was in the pot.
- Refill the hole not forgetting to firm the soil so that it is firm in the ground.
- Water well, and ideally mulch around the base of the plant with compost or bark etc.
- Make sure to clear all weeds or grass at the base of the plant to reduce competition.