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Thalictrum delavayi (Chinese meadow rue)

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skill rating
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
Max height
Ultimate spread
Max spread
Time to maturity
2-5 years
To maturity
Toxic - Contact with foliage may irritate the skin.

Botanical name: Thalictrum delavayi

Other names: Chinese meadow rue, Thalictrum dipterocarpum

Genus: Thalictrum

Species: T. delavayi - T. delavayi is an erect, clump-forming perennial with slender, purple-flushed stems, large, pinnate, mid-green leaves and panicles of lilac flowers with large cream stamens in midsummer to early autumn.

Thalictrum delavayi is: Deciduous

Flower: Cream, Pale-purple in Summer; Pale-purple, Cream in Autumn

Foliage: Green in Spring; Green in Summer

Habit: Upright

Toxicity: Contact with foliage may irritate the skin.

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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Pests: Generally pest-free.

Specific diseases: Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning: Cut down stems after flowering. . REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Division, Seed. REGISTER to

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Thalictrum delavayi (Chinese meadow rue) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses: Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation: Plant in moist, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Staking may be required.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Partial Shade

Aspect: East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

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