Kyushiu meadow rue Thalictrum kiusianum

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


T. kiusianum is a compact, mat-forming, rhizomatous perennial to around 10cm tall and 30cm wide. Small, fern-like, bronze-tinted, lobed leaves form a low mound above which loose clusters of tiny, star-shaped pale pink-purple flowers are borne in summer on upright stems

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Kyushu Meadow Rue

    • Common names

      Thalictrum kiusianum.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      0.5 feet [15 cm]

    • Spread

      0.5 feet [15 cm]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Thalictrum kiusianum, commonly known as Kyushu Meadow Rue, adds a delicate and fine-textured visual interest to gardens with its attractive foliage and dainty flowers.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Its blooms attract butterflies and other beneficial pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Shade Tolerance: Kyushu Meadow Rue can flourish in shaded areas where other plants might struggle, making it a versatile choice for diverse garden designs.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, it requires minimal care, making it suitable for gardeners seeking plants that do not require intensive management.
    • Deer Resistance: The plant is not a preferred choice for deer, which can help protect it in areas where deer browsing is an issue.
    • Drought Resistance: It is relatively resistant to drought, meaning it can survive in conditions with limited water availability.
    • Seasonal Interest: Kyushu Meadow Rue offers visual interest throughout its growing season, with its foliage in spring and summer, and its seed heads in fall.
    • Non-Invasive: It has a clumping growth habit, which means it does not tend to spread aggressively, reducing maintenance and the risk of it becoming a garden nuisance.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Thalictrum kiusianum, also known as Kyushu meadow-rue, can be used for ornamental purposes in small pots or fairy gardens due to its delicate foliage and compact growth habit.
    • The plant can work as a natural ground cover in shaded garden areas where other plants might struggle to thrive.
    • Kyushu meadow-rue, with its dainty flowers, is sometimes used in traditional Japanese flower arrangements, known as Ikebana, to add a touch of delicacy and grace.
    • The plant's leaves can be used as a natural green dye for textiles and crafts, offering a soft, botanical hue.
    • Some enthusiasts of miniature and model landscapes use Thalictrum kiusianum to represent trees and larger plants due to their fine texture and small scale.
    • Kyushu meadow-rue can be grown as a companion plant in gardens to create a varied texture among other plants and enhance the overall aesthetic appeal.
    • Dried flowers of the Thalictrum kiusianum can be incorporated into potpourri mixes for a subtle, natural fragrance in home decor.
    • As a photography subject, the delicate structure of the plant often makes for an appealing macro photography study in botanical and nature-oriented shoots.
    • The small, gentle appearance of the flowers can be used in crafting, specifically in making handmade greeting cards or pressed flower art.
    • Kyushu meadow-rue is occasionally used in butterfly gardens as it can attract certain pollinators to its small yet numerous flowers.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Japanese meadow rue is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Japanese meadow rue is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Delicacy: Thalictrum kiusianum, commonly known as Kyushu Meadow Rue, has a delicate and feathery appearance which often represents fineness or fragility in life.
    • Peacefulness: The soft, airy foliage and light flowers can symbolize tranquility and serenity.
    • Ephemeral Beauty: As a plant that blooms with subtle allure, Kyushu Meadow Rue may symbolize the fleeting nature of beauty.
    • Mystery: The intricate leaves and complex structure of Kyushu Meadow Rue can evoke a sense of mystery or the unknown.
    • Overcoming Challenges: It thrives in shady conditions, which can symbolize resilience and the ability to overcome difficult situations.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Spring to Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Dwarf Meadow Rue should be watered regularly, maintaining moderate moisture levels without allowing the soil to become waterlogged. Typically, this would involve watering once a week, but this frequency may need to increase during periods of dry weather or high temperatures. When watering, it's best to do so deeply and thoroughly to encourage deep root growth, providing about one gallon of water per plant each time. During the winter months, reduce the amount of water to prevent the plant from sitting in overly damp soil, since this can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    Dwarf Meadow Rue thrives best in partial shade to full shade conditions. It's ideal to position the plant in a spot where it receives filtered sunlight or only morning direct sun, with protection from the intense afternoon rays. This mimicking of its natural woodland habitat will help the plant grow healthy and strong.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dwarf Meadow Rue prefers cooler temperatures and will do best if not exposed to temperature extremes. It can survive in a temperature range of 40 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, but the ideal temperature for optimal growth is between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Extreme heat or frost can be detrimental to the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Dwarf Meadow Rue is generally done to remove dead or damaged foliage and to maintain a desirable shape. Pruning can be carried out in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. This encourages fresh growth and can help prevent diseases by improving air circulation within the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Kyushu Meadowsweet should be rich in organic matter, well-draining, and slightly acidic to neutral with a pH of 5.5 to 7.0. A blend of loamy garden soil, peat moss, and perlite or pumice can create an ideal environment for healthy root development.

  • plantRepotting

    Kyushu Meadowsweet should be repotted approximately every 2-3 years. It is important to replenish the soil and provide a larger pot if the plant has outgrown its current one.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Kyushu Meadowsweet prefers a high humidity environment, ideally between 60% to 80%. It thrives in moist air conditions similar to its natural habitat, which can often be maintained in a shaded garden area or conservatory.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Kyushu Meadowsweet in well-lit room, high humidity, and cool climate.

    • Outdoor

      Provide partial shade, moist soil, and protect from strong winds for Kyushu Meadowsweet.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-7 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Thalictrum kiusianum, commonly known as Dwarf Meadow Rue, begins its life as a seed, typically dispersed by wind or wildlife. Upon finding suitable moist and shaded soil conditions, the seed germinates, leading to the emergence of a small radicle that grows into a root system, and cotyledons that unfold into seedling leaves. As the plant matures, it develops a rosette of compound leaves characteristic of the species. Dwarf Meadow Rue then progresses to the vegetative growth phase, where it builds up energy reserves through photosynthesis and develops its stem structure. Once mature enough, usually in late spring to summer, it enters the reproductive stage, blooming with small, delicate, usually purple flowers that are either male or female, as the plant is dioecious. Following pollination, typically by wind or insects, the plant sets seed, completing the life cycle, and the seeds are eventually released to start the process anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Thalictrum kiusianum, commonly known as Dwarf Meadow Rue, can be propagated through seed sowing. The best time to sow seeds is in the fall or right after the seed matures. Sowing directly into a nursery bed or in pots is the preferred method. Seeds should be sprinkled onto moist, well-draining soil and only lightly covered with soil because they need light for germination. It is important to maintain a steady level of moisture without saturating the soil. Seedlings can be expected to emerge when temperatures are consistently warm, typically in the spring. Once seedlings are large enough to handle and have developed true leaves, they can be transplanted to their final growing location, ensuring they have space to mature.