Thalictrum aquilegiifolium

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French meadow-rue
Thalictrum aquilegifolium.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Thalictrum
Species: T. aquilegiifolium
Binomial name
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium
L. 1753
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium[1] is a species of flowering plant in the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family known by the common names Siberian columbine meadow-rue,[2] columbine meadow-rue,[3] French meadow-rue,[4] and greater meadow-rue. Its native range extends through Europe and temperate Asia,[5][6] with a naturalized distribution in North America limited to New York and Ontario.[3]

Growing to 100 cm (39 in) tall by 45 cm (18 in) wide, it is an herbaceous perennial, with leaves composed of frilled leaflets resembling those of aquilegia. In early summer it bears clusters of fluffy pink flowers in flat-topped panicles.[7]

The cultivar 'Thundercloud' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[8]


  1. ^ Integrated Taxonomic Information System 19 Dec 2011
  2. ^ English Names for Korean Native Plants (PDF). Pocheon: Korea National Arboretum. 2015. p. 654. ISBN 978-89-97450-98-5. Retrieved 25 December 2016 – via Korea Forest Service. 
  3. ^ a b "Thalictrum aquilegifolium". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  5. ^ Missouri Botanical Garden
  6. ^ Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) 19 Dec 2011
  7. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  8. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Thalictrum aquilegifolium 'Thundercloud'". Retrieved 5 July 2013.