Early Meadow Rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
Early Meadow Rue is an excellent shade-garden plant. Use it to fill in where many of your early spring woodland flowers will go dormant. It is valued for its delicate green fern-like foliage, which will last spring through fall. The greenish-yellow flowers resemble little tassles and bloom in early spring when the leaves have not quite opened and the canopy of the trees above is not yet shading the woodland floor. Early Meadow Rue can take partial sun as well and thrives in moist through well-drained soils.
Sun Exposure - Partial, Shade
Soil Moisture - Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry
Height - 2 feet
Bloom Time - April, May
Bloom Color - Green
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery.