TALL MEADOW RUE

Thalictrum dasycarpum

Tall Meadow Rue, Thalictrum dasycarpum is ideal for rain gardens and is native to wet meadows and prairies, stream banks, and damp thickets. The Genus name comes from the Greek word thaliktron which was a name used by Dioscorides to describe a plant in this genus.

It was a common herb believed to keep away witches, and that folk use evolved into the Catholic Church’s practice of dipping branches of rue into Holy water and sprinkling it over the heads of parishioners as a blessing, which earned it a common name for the plant of “herb of grace.”

Ethno-pharmacological relevance: Thalictrum foliolosum DC (Ranunculaceae) is a perennial flowering herb traditionally used as a tonic, antiperiodic, diuretic, febrifuge, purgative and stomachic and for the treatment of snakebite, jaundice, and rheumatism.

Uses: This tall plant with an early summer bloom provides color and contrast to the perennial border, wildflower garden, meadow or naturalized area. A good background plant.

SPECS: Genus: Thalictrum ; Species: Dasycarpum; Plant Type: Herb, Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Wet, Mesic (middle), Well Drained; Height: 3′ — 5′; Spread: 3′; Plant Spacing: 3′ — 4′; Bloom Time: May — June; Bloom Color: Cream, Green, Yellow; Advantages: Low maintenance, Medicinal uses, Showy; USDA Zone: 4 — 7; Attracts: Bumblebees, Butterflies, Honey bees; Tolerant: Deer; Plant Community: Companion plants: New England aster, bluejoint grass, spotted joe-pye weed, yellow star grass, cowbane, mountain mint, Culver’s root and golden Alexander.;