Meadow Rue Thalictrum rochebruneanum

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
lavender mist meadow rue


Thalictrum rochebruneanum, commonly known as Meadow Rue, is a graceful perennial plant renowned for its cloud-like sprays of delicate flowers and attractive foliage. The flowers of Meadow Rue are quite unique, composed of fluffy clusters of small, lavender to mauve or occasionally white petals, sometimes with a hint of yellow centers. These blossoms give the plant an airy, ethereal appearance, as they seem to float above the foliage in loose, branched clusters during the summer months. The foliage of Meadow Rue is also eye-catching, as the leaves are deeply lobed with a soft, bluish-green or emerald green hue. The leaves resemble those of a columbine or a maidenhair fern, adding a fern-like elegance to the plant's overall presentation. They are arranged alternately on the stems, creating a textured, layered look that is particularly attractive even when the plant is not in bloom. Meadow Rue has a bushy and mounded growth habit, forming clusters that contribute to a lush, full appearance in the garden. The stems themselves are tall and slender, often with a slightly reddish to purple tinge that complements the green of the leaves and the soft pastel colors of the flowers. The airy quality of the plant allows it to blend seamlessly with other plants in a garden setting, making it an excellent choice for adding height and texture to borders or as a backdrop for shorter plants. Overall, Thalictrum rochebruneanum exudes a delicate charm while providing a light and feathery accent in the garden, making it a favored choice for gardeners looking to create a dreamy, cottage-style landscape.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Lavender Mist Meadow Rue, Giant Meadow Rue, Chinese Meadow Rue.

    • Common names

      Thalictrum rochebrunianum, Thalictrum minus var. hypoleucum, Thalictrum rochebruneanum var. hypoleucum.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-6 feet (1.2-1.8 meters)

    • Spread

      1-3 feet (0.3-0.9 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Beauty: Thalictrum rochebruneanum, commonly known as Meadow Rue, offers delicate foliage and airy, cloud-like flowers, enhancing the visual appeal of gardens and naturalized areas.
    • Attracts Pollinators: With its small yet abundant flowers, it provides nectar for a variety of pollinating insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Shade Tolerance: Meadow Rue can thrive in partially shaded environments where other sun-loving plants might struggle, adding greenery to dimmer spots.
    • Easy to Grow: It is known for its low maintenance requirements, needing little care apart from occasional watering and basic soil fertility.
    • Resilience to Pests: Meadow Rue has natural resistance to many common pests, thereby reducing the need for chemical interventions.
    • Seasonal Interest: Through different seasons, it offers changing visuals, from spring growth to summer blooms, and even interesting seed head structures in autumn.
    • Companion Planting: Its tall, slender growth habit makes it a good companion for other plants, providing contrasting form and texture in mixed plantings.
    • Cultural Significance: In certain cultures, it is valued for its aesthetic contribution to traditional gardens and landscapes.
    • Graceful Movement: The tall and wispy flower stalks sway with the wind, adding a sense of movement and dynamism to the garden.

  • 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

    • Decorative Dyes: Thalictrum rochebruneanum flowers can be used to create natural dyes for textiles, imparting a gentle color to fabrics without the harsh chemicals of synthetic dyes.
    • Photography: The delicate flowers of the Lavender Mist plant are sometimes used in macro photography for their intricate structures and as a representation of the beauty in nature.
    • Culinary Garnish: While not widely known for its edibility, the delicate flowers may serve as an elegant garnish on special dishes for an added touch of natural beauty.
    • Floral Arrangements: The tall, airy foliage and whimsically dispersed flowers of Lavender Mist make a beautiful addition to floral arrangements, especially in cottage-style or wildflower bouquets.
    • Garden Aesthetics: Lavender Mist is often planted in gardens to add height and texture. Its fern-like foliage and lavender-colored flowers enhance the visual appeal of garden designs.
    • Eco-Friendly Confetti: Dried petals of Thalictrum rochebruneanum can serve as a biodegradable confetti alternative for outdoor celebrations to reduce the environmental impact.
    • Artistic Inspiration: Artists may draw inspiration from the unique form and color of Lavender Mist, using it as a subject in paintings, drawings, and other forms of art.
    • Nature Crafts: The stems and flowers can be incorporated into nature crafts, such as handmade wreaths or as natural decorative elements in creative projects.
    • Educational Tool: The Thalictrum rochebruneanum species can be used in botany education to demonstrate plant structure, pollination, and the importance of preserving diverse plant species.
    • Butterfly Gardening: The flowers of Lavender Mist can attract butterflies, making it a suitable choice for butterfly gardens where creating natural habitats for pollinators is a focus.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Thalictrum rochebruneanum, commonly known as Meadow Rue, is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Meadow Rue is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Elegance: Meadow Rue, with its delicate and intricate foliage, often symbolizes elegance and gracefulness in the plant world.
    • Subtlety: Its unassuming purple or lavender flowers can represent the beauty in simplicity and the value of subtlety.
    • Femininity: The fine, feathery appearance of Meadow Rue is sometimes associated with feminine qualities such as softness and delicacy.
    • Overcoming Challenges: Meadow Rue's ability to grow in partially shaded areas is sometimes seen as a metaphor for thriving despite difficulties or challenges.
    • Mystery: The plant's hazy look can symbolize mystery or the unknown, inviting people to look closer or delve deeper to uncover hidden aspects.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Meadow Rue prefers consistently moist soil, but it is important to avoid overwatering. During the growing season, water the plant deeply once a week, providing about 1 to 1.5 gallons of water each time, depending on weather conditions and soil type. In periods of drought or extreme heat, you may need to water twice a week to maintain soil moisture. Reduce watering in the fall as the plant prepares for dormancy, and during winter, water sparingly, only if the soil becomes very dry. Always check the top inch of soil for dryness before watering to avoid waterlogged conditions which can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    Meadow Rue thrives in dappled sunlight to partial shade. It is best to position the plant in a spot where it will receive morning sun and afternoon shade, especially in regions with hot summers. The ideal lighting environment simulates the light conditions of a woodland edge, providing protection from the harsh midday sun while offering enough light for healthy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Meadow Rue can endure a range of temperatures and is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 8. It can survive temperatures as low as -30°F, while the upper end of its tolerance is around 85°F. The ideal temperature for growing Meadow Rue is between 50°F and 75°F. While the plant is quite adaptable, extreme heat and frost can be detrimental, so appropriate measures should be taken to shield the plant during unusually high or low temperature events.

  • scissorsPruning

    Regular pruning is not necessary for Meadow Rue, but it can be pruned to remove spent flowers and encourage a second bloom. Deadheading the spent blooms after the first flush can lead to a tidier appearance and sometimes a secondary flowering. Cut back the stems to ground level in late fall or early winter after the plant has gone dormant. This will help to maintain a healthy plant and encourage vigorous growth in the spring.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Lavender Mist Meadow Rue thrives best in a soil mix that is rich, moist, and well-draining with a pH range of 5.5 to 7.0. To create the ideal soil mixture, combine garden soil with compost and a generous amount of peat moss or leaf mold to enhance its structure and water retention capabilities.

  • plantRepotting

    Lavender Mist Meadow Rue should be repotted every 2-3 years. Transplant it into a larger pot with fresh soil to ensure it has enough room for root growth and to replenish the nutrients in the soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Lavender Mist Meadow Rue prefers moderate to high humidity levels. Aim to maintain humidity around 50-60% to support its foliage and overall growth, although it is adaptable to varying conditions provided it is not too dry.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Lavender Mist Meadow Rue near a window with filtered light and maintain moist soil.

    • Outdoor

      Grow Lavender Mist Meadow Rue in partial shade with moist soil and good air circulation.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Thalictrum rochebruneanum, commonly known as Lavender Mist Meadow Rue, begins its life cycle as a seed that usually germinates in early spring. The seedlings grow into juvenile plants with a rosette of leaves close to the ground before sending up taller flowering stems in their second or third year. During the flowering stage in late spring to summer, the plant displays airy panicles of delicate, small purple flowers, which are followed by the production of dry, wind-dispersed achenes (seeds). After setting seed, the plant may die back to its root system in the fall, entering a period of dormancy for the winter months. In the following spring, the perennial root system activates again, sending up new shoots for the next growing season. Over the years, Lavender Mist Meadow Rue can form clumps, gradually expanding through seed dispersal and sometimes vegetative propagation if conditions allow.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Thalictrum rochebruneanum, commonly known as lavender mist meadow rue, is typically propagated through seed. The optimal time for sowing seeds is late winter to early spring. To propagate lavender mist meadow rue by seed, collect ripe seeds in the fall and store them over winter. Sow the seeds on the surface of a well-drained seed starting mix, as they need light to germinate. The seeds should be kept at a consistent temperature of around 70°F (21°C) for germination to occur, which can take several weeks. Once the seedlings have developed true leaves and are large enough to handle, they can be transplanted into individual pots and grown on until they are ready to be planted out in the garden after the risk of frost has passed.