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Splendide Meadow Rue

Thalictrum delavayi 'Splendide'

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Splendide Meadow Rue (Thalictrum delavayi 'Splendide') at Connon Nurseries CBV

Thalictrum delavayi 'Splendide' flowers

Thalictrum delavayi 'Splendide' flowers

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Plant Height: 3 feet

Flower Height: 4 feet

Spread: 24 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone: 3a


A native woodland plant to most of North America east of the Misissippi and Red rivers; this repeat blooming selection produces tall clumps with black stems bearing lovely single lavender-mauve flowers; excellent for cutting; may need to stake tall stems

Ornamental Features:

Splendide Meadow Rue's ferny leaves emerge green in spring, turning dark green in colour. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous olive green in the fall. It features dainty panicles of purple star-shaped flowers with lavender overtones rising above the foliage in early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The black stems are very effective and add winter interest.

Landscape Attributes:

Splendide Meadow Rue is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance perennial, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and bees to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Splendide Meadow Rue is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Plant Characteristics:

Splendide Meadow Rue will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This perennial does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This plant can be propagated by division.

This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent Massing Garden Naturalizing
Flowers Fall Color Texture Bark Attracts Wildlife
Ornamental Features