A potpourri (below) of meadow rue/Thalictrum species information as a supplement to other articles.
A plant-based page rather than our usual topic-based page. It's a pivot point, one list of links to ours and others' articles that involve meadow rue/Thalictrum species.
Above: Lavender mist meadow rue (Thalictrum rochebrunianum) is a late blooming, very tall species with flowers to match its name.
Right: One of our first meadow rue experiences was with this tall, continent-wide native called purple meadow rue (T. dasycarpum, named not for its bloom but for the stem color). We brought a plant home from a moist place on Great Uncle Axel's property, an act that elicited good natured sneers from Great Uncle Eldon about digging up "weeds." Eldon's assessment was also accurate -- the plant's persisted in our mostly-wild garden for decades by popping up where it will.
Most Thalictrum plants are happiest in cool, moist situations and some want to be in an open wooded spot, so look for a place with mid-afternoon shade that fends off the hottest sun.
Other meadow rues we love:
Thalictrum glaucum, (a.k.a. T. speciossisimum) with yellow flowers in late spring and gorgeous blue green foliage. 4'
Thalictrum minus, a smaller version of purple meadow rue, 18" tall, with delicate lacy foliage.