Thalictrum fendleri var. polycarpum

Meadow Rue

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Moist, Regular
Height X Width: 4' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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Meadow rue grows in our coastal mountains from Oregon to Baja, and in a few locations in the central and northern Sierra Nevada. It grows in a vase shaped form with multiple shoots of fine round leaves. The overall appearance is reminiscent of the maidenhair ferns, Adiantum spp., except much larger. The flowers rise over the leafy fronds in late winter or early spring, with pendant flowers that range from yellow to maroon depending on the gender of the plant. Meadow rue will thrive in a shady setting until late summer, when it will go dormant until the next growing season.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous