Early Meadow Rue – 4/28/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/28/24

Observation Time: 10:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR)

Common Name: Early Meadow Rue

Scientific Name: Thalictrum dioicum

Comments: Early meadow-rue is a graceful, 8-30 in. perennial with long-stalked leaves divided into many delicate, lobed segments. Petal-less flowers have yellow stamens that hang like small tassels. The female tassel-like blossoms are purple and appear on separate plants.

This flower blooms in the spring, just as the trees are leafing out, which accounts for its common name. The species name alludes to the fact that the male and female flowers are on separate plants, and is derived from the Greek word meaning “two households.”

More Information: Lady Bird Johnson Wilflower Center