UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Thalictrum fendleri var. polycarpum

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Common Name
Meadow Rue
Plant Type
Mature Size
2 ft (0.6 m) wide x 2 - 4 ft (0.6 - 1.2 m) tall
Water Requirements
Moderate: water weekly until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Half sun
  • Deer resistant
Flower Color
Cream, Green, Yellow
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Meadow Rue is used in woodland and shade gardens as a perennial background plant. It has beautiful lacy blue-green foliage that unfurls from purplish shoots. The tiny unisexual flowers are produced atop 2 - 4 ft. tall stalks on separate plants. The male flowers are showier with dangling cream-yellow colored stamens; the female flowers are clusters of greenish pistils. It goes dormant in late summer when it is allowed to go dry. This Meadow Rue is easy to grow, in part sun to shade. It grows with occasional to regular irrigation, and can be drought-tolerant once established.

Where to See
  • Not currently planted

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