Thalictrum delavayi
Thalictrum delavayi
Thalictrum delavayi
Thalictrum delavayi
Thalictrum delavayi
Thalictrum delavayi
Thalictrum delavayi
Thalictrum delavayi
Thalictrum delavayi

Thalictrum delavayi

"Chinese meadow-rue"

Thalictrum delavayi

3 bare roots — £6.64

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Description

Thalictrum delavayi is a very pretty perennial. From mid-summer to early autumn, it gives you light, airy clouds of many small, pinky-lilac to white flowers. These flowers are all carried on thin, mauve stems, held above a mound of divided leaves. The blooms of Thalictrum delavayi, which come in their many hundreds, are not big-and-blowsy like a dahlia, but are diaphanous, giving you colour that you can see-through! This dainty-looking yet tough plant—it is perfectly hardy—is ideal for growing in a mixed herbaceous border, as well as in mixed patio containers. It also makes an excellent cut flower. 

Thalictrum delavayi, which is also known as Chinese meadow-rue, reaches 100-150cm in height, and grows best on moist soil in partial shade—particularly at home in the dappled shade of trees. It is such a good garden plant, that the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Naturalising

  • In peat-free compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Thalictrum delavayi

  • Flower colour

    Pink, violet

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    1-1.2m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Woodland gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Water gardens
    Cut flower gardens
    Wildlife gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Damp
    Boggy

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost
    Clay

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Thalictrum delavayi roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Chinese meadow-rue" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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The beauty of perennial plants doesn’t just lie in their long-lasting flowers and sturdy, resilient nature, but it’s their sheer determination to keep on coming back stronger every year —in year one they’re good, but in future years they’re even better!

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