Thalictrum 'Splendide'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Meadow Rue

‘Splendide’ forms a lacy mass of green foliage with tall, burgundy stalks bearing clouds of lavender mauve flowers with cream stamens.  It typically blooms from mid through late summer. Both foliage and flowers alike are wonderful in fresh cut bouquets; it is a nice alternative to baby’s breath.

Meadow Rue is a lovely delicate architectural element for the sunny, moist border or woodland garden.  Staking will likely be required if absolute verticality is desired, but it can look just as nice if left to lean against taller neighboring plants.

Origin: Not Native to North America


  4-6 Feet
  2 Feet
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Late summer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting
Specimen or focal point

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Thalictrum prefers dappled shade, though it will grow in full sun in northern regions if adequate water is provided. Plant in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil. The open, airy habit of this perennial allows you to plant it closer to the front of the border with darker colors behind for an interesting see-through effect. Do not disturb it once it is established. It will live for many, many years without the need for division.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.