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Re: Source for ground pine

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] Source for ground pine
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2005 17:11:54 -0600
  • References: <30374731.1120592528514.JavaMail.root@sniper11>

No, I've not grown this Thalictrum but it looks liek it would make a good
tall groundcover.  Mobot says 1 to 2 feet. Interesting that it is dioecious.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Source for ground pine

> Kitty, I have been meaning for several days to ask if you know this
> plant or have it in your woodland garden. Thalictrum dioicum or early
> meadowrue?
> I have a bed of it in a difficult dry, shady spot at the foot of a large
> outcrop where not much else likes to grow.  The flowers are not much
> but it makes a nice, lush mass of green.  The deer don't eat it, and
> it doesn't brown out in late summer like the ferns do.  Not spectacular
> but a most satisfactory plant for my purposes.  The following is an
> excerpt from a piece in my club's newsletter recently.
> There is one native woodland plant that will grow in drier situations than
> ferns, seems totally deer-resistant, and to the casual eye looks like a
> bed
> of maiden-hair fern. b Thalictrum dioicum or early meadowrue.  This plant
> available from many specialty nurseries, but is not commonly pushed by
> mainline plant sources.  Perhaps this is because the blossoms are not
> significant.  It
> bs a shame that they are missing the opportunity, for the plant answers
> of the needs of dry, shade gardens.
>   One website gives this description: This is a small herb, about a foot
> high, with alternate, tri-ternately compound, finely divided leaves, and
> round crenate leaflets. The flowers appear early in spring, are
> without petals, and the male and female are on different plants. The male
> plant,
> with numerous slender hanging stamens, is most likely to attract
> The name, Meadow Rue, is derived from the finely divided, rue-shaped
> and has no reference to its medical properties.
>   The genus Thalictrum, member of the Ranunculaceae, or  Buttercup family,
> has about 100 species around the world, but only two are listed as native
> North America.  Several taller, more showy species and varieties are
> in
> the trade b most blooming in the summer.  Perhaps itbs the early spring
> bloom
> that makes this one be less popular, for the plant itself is as attractive
> any of them.
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