Thalictrum fendleri var. polycarpum

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Species Name: Thalictrum fendleri var. polycarpum
Common Name: Meadow Rue

Beautiful, lacy foliage and subtle, but unusual flowers. Easy to grow. Accepts regular water or can be quite drought-tolerant once established. Use in woodland gardens as background plant.

Plant Family: Ranunculaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Shrub-like
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Occasional to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Coast, west Klamath Ranges, North Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada, Central Western CA, Transverse and west Peninsular Ranges.
Natural Habitat: Central Oak Woodland, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Norhtern Oak Woodlands, Southern Oak Woodlands below 4,500'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Desirable for its beautiful foliage which resembles Maiden Hair Fern, also for the tall airy panicles of small greenish yellow flowers. Prefers a moist shady location. Pots, 15c; Dozen, $1.50. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.