Meadow Rue Thalictrum isopyroides

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
Isopyrum-like meadow rue


Thalictrum isopyroides, commonly known as Meadow Rue, is a graceful and delicate perennial plant. Its appearance is characterized by fern-like foliage that creates a fine-textured, mound-shaped clump. The leaves are typically blue-green to grayish-green in color and are divided into numerous small, rounded leaflets that give the plant a soft, feathery look. Throughout its blooming period, Meadow Rue produces airy clusters of tiny, star-shaped flowers. These blossoms are often a pale, creamy shade, exuding an ethereal quality, as if they are floating above the foliage. The flower stems arise from among the leaves, adding to the plant's overall light and elegant form. Each individual flower consists of prominent, showy stamens that are often more noticeable than the petals, which can sometimes be absent altogether. This plant has a delicate, airy habit and is recognized for its ornamental value in a garden setting, where it offers a contrast to plants with more solid or bold forms. Its gentle appearance fits well in naturalistic plantings, woodland gardens, and informal borders where it can sway in the breeze and catch the light. Meadow Rue's unique texture and soft color palette make it a desirable choice for gardeners looking to create a serene and visually appealing landscape.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Meadow Rue, False Rue-Anemone

    • Common names

      Thalictrum isopyroides.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Thalictrum isopyroides, commonly known as Meadow Rue, does not have a well-documented profile regarding its toxicity to humans. While some species within the Thalictrum genus may contain certain compounds that could be harmful if ingested, specific toxicology information for Thalictrum isopyroides is not widely available or conclusive. Therefore, it is advisable to exercise caution and avoid ingesting any part of the plant unless there is clear evidence showing it is safe for consumption. If someone ingests Meadow Rue and experiences any adverse symptoms, they should seek medical attention promptly. Symptoms of plant poisoning can vary but may include gastrointestinal distress, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

    • To pets

      Meadow Rue's specific toxicity to pets, such as dogs and cats, is not well-documented. Nonetheless, as some plants within the Thalictrum genus may contain compounds potentially toxic to animals, it is prudent to err on the side of caution and prevent pets from ingesting any part of Thalictrum isopyroides. If a pet does consume Meadow Rue, watch for signs of poisoning, which may include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, or abnormal behavior, and consult a veterinarian immediately if any such symptoms are observed. It is always safer to keep unknown or potentially harmful plants out of reach of pets.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Thalictrum isopyroides, commonly known as Meadow Rue, offers delicate, lacey foliage and small, charming flowers that contribute to the visual interest and texture in garden settings.
    • Ecosystem Support: It serves as a habitat and food source for various insects, including caterpillars of some butterfly species, thus supporting biodiversity.
    • Drought Tolerance: Meadow Rue is known for its ability to tolerate dry conditions once established, making it suitable for xeriscaping or drought-prone gardens.
    • Low Maintenance: It requires minimal care once established, needing only occasional watering and pruning to promote healthy growth and appearance.
    • Seasonal Interest: With its distinctive flowering period, it can provide a unique seasonal display in gardens, attracting attention during blooming.
    • Shade Tolerance: Meadow Rue can thrive in partially shaded areas where other plants might struggle, offering gardeners more versatility in plant placement.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Antioxidant: Thalictrum isopyroides may contain compounds that exhibit antioxidant activity, helping to neutralize free radicals in the body.
    • Anti-inflammatory: Some studies suggest that this plant has anti-inflammatory properties, which could be beneficial in reducing inflammation.
    • Hepatoprotective: The plant may possess liver-protecting qualities, potentially aiding in safeguarding the liver from damage.
    • Antimicrobial: Thalictrum isopyroides may exhibit antimicrobial effects against certain bacteria or fungi.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Thalictrum isopyroides, commonly known as Meadow Rue, can be utilized in dried flower arrangements, adding a delicate and airy touch with its fine foliage and seed heads.
    • Its leaves can sometimes serve as a natural dye, imparting subtle colors to fabrics or yarns.
    • Gardeners may use Meadow Rue as a companion plant to provide a light, feathery contrast to more substantial plants or flowers in a garden composition.
    • The plant can act as a natural insect repellant in gardens when planted in a strategic manner around more susceptible plants.
    • Meadow Rue seedlings can be grown as ornamentals in pots for patios or balcony gardens, providing a touch of wilderness in urban environments.
    • The plant's seeds can be collected and used in craft projects, such as handmade paper or natural seed jewelry.
    • Landscape artists might use Meadow Rue in large scale naturalistic plantings, blending it with grasses to create a prairie or meadow aesthetic.
    • In art, the intricate structure of Meadow Rue can be a source of inspiration for botanical illustrations or plant-based sculpture designs.
    • The fine texture of the foliage can be utilized in macro photography to create intriguing and detailed compositions that highlight the plant's delicate anatomy.
    • In educational settings, Meadow Rue can be used to teach about native flora and the importance of preserving diverse species within local ecosystems.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Thalictrum isopyroides is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Thalictrum isopyroides is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Thalictrum isopyroides, commonly known as Meadow Rue, typically grows in a variety of conditions, symbolizing adaptability and the ability to withstand diverse environments.
    • Elegance: Meadow Rue is known for its fine, lacy foliage and delicate flowers, which often symbolize grace and a sense of finesse in spite of adversities.

Every 1-2 weeks
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Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For the Meadow Rue, which is the common name for Thalictrum isopyroides, it is important to maintain moist but not waterlogged soil. Water the plant deeply once a week, providing about 1 to 1.5 gallons of water per session during the growing season. In hot or dry climates, you may need to water twice a week, while in cooler or rainy regions, watering can be reduced. Always check the top inch of soil for dryness before watering again, and reduce watering frequency in the dormant winter months.

  • sunLight

    Meadow Rues thrive in conditions where they receive partial to full sunlight, with dappled shade being ideal. The best spot for a Meadow Rue is where it can get morning sunlight and afternoon shade to protect it from the intense midday heat. Avoid deep shade, as this will inhibit flowering and may result in a leggy plant.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Meadow Rue, or Thalictrum isopyroides, prefers temperate climates and will thrive in temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum temperatures down to around 35 degrees Fahrenheit and should be protected from frost. The ideal conditions are moderate temperatures with no extreme heat or cold, as this encourages lush growth and optimum flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Meadow Rue benefits from pruning to shape the plant, promote bushier growth, and remove dead or damaged foliage. Prune lightly in early spring before the growing season and again after flowering if desired to encourage a second bloom. The best time for major pruning is after the plant has gone dormant in late fall to early winter. Pruning every year or every other year is typically sufficient.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Meadow Rue thrives best in moist, well-drained soil with a pH of around 5.5 to 7. For an ideal mix, combine peat, loamy soil, and perlite or sand to ensure good drainage. Regular garden soil can be amended with compost and leaf mold to increase fertility and improve texture.

  • plantRepotting

    Meadow Rue should be repotted every 1-2 years or when it outgrows its current container. The best time to repot is in the spring, just before the growing season begins. Ensure that the new pot has ample room for root growth and good drainage.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Meadow Rue prefers moderate to high humidity levels. In indoor settings where dry air is common, maintaining a humidity level of around 50-60% is beneficial for the plant's health. Avoid placing it in overly dry areas or near heating vents that could desiccate its foliage.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Meadow Rue in bright, indirect light and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Meadow Rue in partial shade and keep soil consistently moist.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Thalictrum isopyroides, commonly known as False Rue Anemone, typically begins its life cycle by seed germination, which occurs in the spring when soil temperatures and moisture levels are adequate. After germination, a seedling develops, forming a rosette of leaves at the ground level. The plant then enters a vegetative growth phase, during which it develops a network of roots and foliage necessary for photosynthesis and nutrient uptake. The next stage is the flowering phase, likely taking place in late spring or early summer, when the False Rue Anemone produces small, delicate white or pale pink flowers that attract pollinators. Following pollination, the plant produces fruits, which are achenes that contain seeds ready to be dispersed by wind or animals, thus completing the reproductive cycle. Finally, as a perennial, the False Rue Anemone enters a period of dormancy in the fall and winter, conserving energy to restart the cycle in the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Thalictrum isopyroides, also known as Meadow Rue, can be propagated through seed sowing. The most popular method of propagation for this plant is by sowing seeds directly into the ground. The best time to sow Meadow Rue seeds is in the fall, which will allow the cold stratification period to occur naturally over the winter. Sow the seeds on the surface of the soil and lightly press them in, ensuring they are not covered with soil as they require light to germinate. Maintain consistent moisture in the soil until germination, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. Seedlings can then be carefully transplanted to their final growing positions once they have developed a set of true leaves and are large enough to handle.