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Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ (meadow rue)

by Diane - August 30th, 2013.
Filed under: Crocus.

Lovely colour flowers,

Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ (meadow rue)
Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade Soil: fertile, moist soil

Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: June to July
Hardiness: fully hardy

A new variety of popular meadow rue, this has lavender-purple flowers held high on striking, jet-black stems. Each small flower is made up of tiny strands, like downy thistles, giving the plant a hazy, fluffy effect. The foliage is pretty, too, scalloped and lacy. This willowy, tall perennial makes a striking feature towards the back of a partially shady border, or as a contrast to larger-leaved plants. It looks at home and happy as part of a cottage-garden scheme, but it associates well with grasses, too. Garden care: May need supporting with brushwood or garden canes. Divide congested plants as new growth begins in spring, although divisions may be slow to re-establish. In autumn cut back flower stems to the ground.