Meadow Rue Thalictrum 'Splendide'

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


Thalictrum 'Splendide', commonly known as the meadow rue, is a perennial plant admired for its delicate and feathery foliage. Each leaf is intricately divided into numerous small leaflets, giving it a soft, lacy appearance reminiscent of a fern. The texture of the foliage adds a lightness to the garden, with the leaves typically bearing a soft green hue. One of the most striking features of meadow rue is its flowers. During the blooming period, the plant produces clusters of small, fluffy blossoms, which appear as airy puffs above the foliage. The flowers are often purple or lavender but can also come in shades of pink or white. They possess a subtle charm, looking like tiny, soft tufts as if a cloud of pastel mist hovers amongst the greenery. The plant itself has an upright, clumping form, with stems that can be either straight or slightly arching, adding to its graceful appearance. The stems themselves are somewhat slender, complementing the lightness of the leaves and flowers. Overall, meadow rue's allure lies in its ethereal, almost fairy-like quality, contributing to a sense of whimsy and elegance in a garden setting. Its delicate appearance, compounded with its soft floral hues, makes it an exceptional choice for gardeners looking to add a touch of refinement to their plant collections.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Meadow Rue, Greater Meadow Rue

    • Common names

      Thalictrum 'Splendide'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Thalictrum 'Splendide', commonly known as Meadow Rue, generally has a low level of toxicity to humans. However, handling the plant may cause skin irritation to some individuals due to its compound that can be irritating. Ingestion is not common, but if parts of the plant are consumed in significant quantities, it could potentially cause mild gastrointestinal upset, including symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Direct contact with the sap may also cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals. As with any plant, it is advisable to avoid ingestion and to wear gloves when handling plants that could cause skin irritation.

    • To pets

      Meadow Rue to pets has a similar toxicity profile as to humans. It is not known to be highly toxic, but it can cause mild gastrointestinal upset if ingested. Symptoms could include vomiting, diarrhea, and general discomfort. While it is always best to prevent your pets from eating non-food plants, the toxicity level of Meadow Rue is generally low. However, pets with particularly sensitive stomachs or those that consume a large amount of the plant may be at risk for more significant effects, so it is wise to monitor your pet’s health if they have ingested any part of the plant, and consult with a veterinarian if you observe concerning symptoms.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental value: Thalictrum 'Splendide' has attractive foliage and delicate, airy flowers that enhance the aesthetic appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Attracts pollinators: The flowers of Thalictrum 'Splendide' attract beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies, which are important for pollination of many plants.
    • Drought tolerance: Once established, Thalictrum 'Splendide' is relatively drought-resistant, making it suitable for low-water gardens or regions with limited rainfall.
    • Shade tolerance: This plant can thrive in partial shade, providing an option for gardeners looking to add interest to shaded areas of their garden.
    • Low maintenance: Thalictrum 'Splendide' does not require frequent care or pruning, making it a convenient choice for low-maintenance landscapes.
    • Vertical interest: With its tall stems and lofty flower clusters, Thalictrum 'Splendide' adds a vertical dimension to plantings, which can be used to create depth and structure in garden design.
    • Seasonal color: The flowering of Thalictrum 'Splendide' brings a burst of color to the garden in the blooming season, often in late spring to summer.

  • 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

    • Photography subject: The blooms of the Meadow Rue can be a striking subject for photographers, especially macro photography enthusiasts, due to their intricate and unique floral structures.
    • Artistic inspiration: Artists may draw inspiration from the delicate foliage and flowers of Meadow Rue for paintings, drawings, and textile designs.
    • Education: Meadow Rue can be used as an example in botany classes to teach about the Ranunculaceae family and plant reproductive systems.
    • Dye source: The plant may provide natural dyes for fabrics or art projects, although it is not commonly used for this purpose.
    • Flower arranging: Meadow Rue's tall and airy blooms add an interesting texture and height to floral arrangements and bouquets.
    • Garden design: Used in garden design, Meadow Rue provides an ethereal quality to woodland gardens and shade borders.
    • Fairy gardens: The delicate structure of the Meadow Rue makes it a charming addition to whimsical fairy gardens.
    • Symbolism: In floristry or gift-giving, Meadow Rue might be chosen for its symbolism of good luck, due to its enchanting appearance.
    • Crafting: Dried flowers of Meadow Rue can be incorporated into bookmark designs, pressed flower art, or homemade potpourri.
    • Structural addition to ponds: When planted near ponds or water features, the tall stalks of Meadow Rue can provide vertical interest and shade for aquatic plants.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Thalictrum 'Splendide', commonly known as Meadow Rue, is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Meadow Rue is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Delicacy: Thalictrum, commonly known as Meadow Rue, often symbolizes delicacy due to its fine, feathery foliage and graceful flowers. Its gentle appearance gives the impression of fragility and softness.
    • Discretion: The subtle and unassuming flowers of Meadow Rue can represent discretion or keeping one’s affairs private, as the plant does not boldly showcase itself.
    • Attractiveness: Despite its simplicity, Meadow Rue has a unique attractiveness. Its charming tiny flowers and elegant stature signify a quiet beauty that doesn't need to be loud to be appreciated.
    • Overcoming Challenges: Meadow Rue can thrive in various conditions, which may symbolize the ability to adapt and overcome challenges or difficult situations in life.

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

    Meadow rue should be watered deeply once a week, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. In the growing season, typically spring and summer, you might need to water two to three times per week, especially if the weather is particularly dry or hot. Each watering session should provide enough water to soak the roots, using approximately 1 to 2 gallons per plant, depending on its size and the soil conditions. During the dormant season, in fall and winter, reduce the frequency to conserve moisture and match the plant's reduced water needs.

  • sunLight

    Meadow rue thrives best in partial shade to full sun. It prefers a spot that is shielded from the harsh afternoon sun, especially in hotter climates. The ideal location would provide morning sunlight and dappled afternoon shade, ensuring the plant gets enough light without the stress of intense heat, which could cause it to wilt or burn.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Meadow rue prefers a temperature range between 50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth. It can withstand minimum temperatures down to about -30 degrees Fahrenheit and maximum temperatures up to around 90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, consistent temperatures within the preferred range help the plant to thrive and produce its characteristic lush foliage and tall flowering spikes.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning meadow rue is typically done to maintain its shape and remove any spent flowers or damaged foliage. The best time for pruning is late winter or early spring before new growth begins. It's not typically necessary to prune often; once a year should suffice unless there is noticeable dead or damaged growth which should be removed as needed to keep the plant healthy.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Meadow Rue 'Splendide' thrives in well-draining, fertile soil with a pH range of 5.5 to 7. The best soil mix is a combination of loam, compost, and a little sand to improve drainage. Regular enrichment with organic matter will help to maintain the lush growth of this plant.

  • plantRepotting

    The Meadow Rue 'Splendide' does not require frequent repotting. It is typically repotted every 3-4 years or when it has clearly outgrown its current container. When repotting, make sure to handle the roots gently to minimize stress on the plant.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    The Meadow Rue 'Splendide' prefers moderate to high humidity levels. Maintaining humidity levels between 50% to 70% is ideal for this plant. It will benefit from misting or a humidifier in especially dry environments to provide adequate moisture.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Keep Meadow Rue 'Splendide' in bright, indirect light indoors with high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Meadow Rue 'Splendide' in partial shade, enriched, moist soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Thalictrum 'Splendide', commonly known as the Meadow Rue, begins its life as a seed, often requiring a period of cold stratification to break dormancy. Upon germination, the seedling emerges with cotyledons before developing true leaves and forming a small rosette. As it matures, the plant develops a robust root system and foliage, with characteristic lacy, blue-green leaves. In early to midsummer, it enters the flowering stage, producing tall, airy panicles of small, lavender or white flowers that attract pollinators. After pollination, seeds develop and are dispersed, completing the reproductive cycle. In the fall, Meadow Rue dies back to the ground, with the root system remaining dormant over winter, ready to restart the cycle in spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Thalictrum 'Splendide', commonly known as Meadow Rue, is often propagated through division, a process best done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. This approach involves carefully lifting the parent plant from the soil and using a sharp knife or spade to divide the root ball into smaller sections, each with several shoots and a portion of the root system. It is important to replant the divisions promptly and water them thoroughly, ensuring they are set at the same soil depth as they were previously. This method allows gardeners to create new plants that are genetically identical to the mother plant, offering a reliable way to expand one's collection of Meadow Rue or to share with fellow enthusiasts.