Thalictrum 'Thundercloud'
Thalictrum 'Thundercloud'
Thalictrum 'Thundercloud'
Thalictrum 'Thundercloud'
Thalictrum 'Thundercloud'
Thalictrum 'Thundercloud'
Thalictrum 'Thundercloud'

Thalictrum 'Thundercloud'

"French meadow-rue"

Thalictrum 'Thundercloud'

1 bare root — £3.98

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

Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
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Thalictrum 'Thundercloud' rumbles into action in summer with a thundery cumulus of purple blooms. But, this cloud has no intention of dampening the mood—it's beautifully soft, elegantly dark and goes down a storm in a mixed planting scheme. A mist of deep purple-pink fluffy flowers form a haze, held up by fine, wiry stems above delicate scalloped leaves. It’s such details that make this French meadow-rue a blessing in the border, introducing interesting textures and a rich colour which contrasts beautifully with its plant neighbours.    

If you have soil with a high clay content, Thalictrum 'Thundercloud' will be happy in it. Whilst you should not plant bare roots directly into clay soils, once they’re potted and have been grown on you can plant them out and you'll find that they soon settle in. There's no need to worry about this resilient perennial in winter because it can tolerate temperatures down to -20°C. Over time, Thalictrum aquilegiifolium 'Thundercloud' forms a clump, which gradually grows larger as the years go by.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Naturalising

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Fully hardy

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Thalictrum aquilegiifolium 'Thundercloud'

  • Flower colour

    Pink, purple, violet

  • Plant size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position


  • Suitable for

    Woodland gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Water gardens
    Cut flower gardens
    Wildlife gardens

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

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

    • Plant your "French 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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