How to Grow Meadow Rue (Thalictrum)

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Meadow rue, or thalictrum, is a beautiful plant that is found throughout the northern hemisphere. Grow meadow rue in rich, well-drained and composted soil with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening and plant care. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow meadow rue, or thalictrum. And it's a beautiful plant that's found almost anywhere in the Northern hemisphere. Thalictrum, or meadow rue, is actually a member of the buttercup family, so they're related to ranunculus. And there's over 130 species, so depending on the variety that you have, it depends on how cold they can handle it. So some varieties can go to low as zone four, and then others can only handle to zone seven. But they're really an easy plant to grow, and they're found all over the Northern hemisphere. So from Europe through Asia and China and into North America, there's so many different varieties and they're so easy to grow. And the Romans believed that they had many medicinal and superstitious qualities, so they used it for many different reasons, and a lot of different cultures have used it over the years. They're very hearty, so they're easy to grow in full or half sun, and they love really good composted, rich soil and which is well-drained. So you can start them by division or you can start them by seed in the spring, either way, and they're really easy. Meadow rue is really easy to grow. It's like a wildflower, so once you've got the seeds going, you can have them all over your garden. And they have gorgeous pink and white flowers that are really a...really vibrant in your garden, and so they're a great addition.