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Thalictrum aquilegifolium L.

Meadow rue

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderRanunculalesBasal (evolved earlier) eudicots, also called “true dicots”
FamilyRanunculaceaeButtercup family
GenusThalictrumFrom Greek qaliktron (thaliktron), a “plant with divided leaves”

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Columbine meadow rue is native to eastern Europe, naturalized in part of Canada.

Identification: Plants reach 3-4' (91-121 cm) in height. Flowers occur in groups 6-8" (15-20 cm) around. Each flower lacks petals, but has a spray of pink-violet stamens that looks like a soft pom-pom. Foliage consists of rounded leaves that have three divisions, and are more deeply divided than other rues, resembling leaves of columbines.

Online References:

Thalictrum aquilegifolium on plants.ces.ncsu.edu

Thalictrum aquilegifolium on Discover Life

Thalictrum aquilegifolium on CalPhotos

Thalictrum aquilegifolium on Rob’s Plants

Thalictrum aquilegifolium (meadow rue)

1/19/2021 · Stan and Connie’s, Falmouth, Maine ID is uncertain


Thalictrum aquilegifolium description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Thalictrum aquilegifolium (meadow rue)

5/24/2010 · Stan and Connie’s, Falmouth, Maine
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Thalictrum aquilegifolium (meadow rue)

5/24/2010 · Stan and Connie’s, Falmouth, Maine
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm) ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 5-8:

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