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Thundercloud Thalictrum aquilegifolium
Such dainty blooms on such a healthy form--a wonder of nature!

Thundercloud Thalictrum aquilegifolium

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Airy Purple Blooms on Graceful Red Stems

This Native Meadow Rue is Incredibly Easy to Grow
This variety of the native species T. aquilegifolium is exceptionally tall and impressive, growing about 3 feet high and putting out double, fuzzy lavender blooms on deep purple stems. The blooms are not actually flowers, but incredibly showy tufted purple stamens. The big, globe-shaped blooms arise on 6- to 8-inch wide panicles over ferny foliage.

The impressive blooms come on early in the season, opening in June. The show lasts for about a month, during which the sweet, airy scent of the blooms attracts bees and butterflies. Luckily, deer don't find 'Thundercloud' as appetizing. Naturally, this Meadow Rue is an excellent choice for any meadow- or woodland-themed garden. But the graceful blooms are also amazing for cutting or drying.

The big panicles and wiry stems create an ethereal effect, but the heavy blooms also mean that Meadow Rue can have a tendency to "flop". Grow 'Thundercloud' next to a fence or something it can lean on, or use stakes when growing it in the open.

This hardy native grows 24 to 36 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide and requires very little. It prefers partial shade and moist, rich soil, but it survives in a huge range of conditions, including sun, drought, poor soil (even clay), and cold. Though most sources only recommend it for zones 5 to 8, there are reports of this cold-hardy plant thriving in New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and even as far north as zone 2a!

Genus Thalictrum
Species aquilegifolium
Variety 'Thundercloud'
ItemForm Bareroot
Zone 4 - 8
BloomStartToEnd Late Spring - Early Summer
PlantHeight 24 in - 3 ft
PlantWidth 18 in - 24 in
BloomSize 6 in - 8 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Native
BloomColor Dark Rose, Lavender, Light Purple
FoliageColor Medium Green
LightRequirements Full Sun, Part Shade
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy, Poor
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
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