Thalictrum x ‘Splendide’

Giant MeadowrueThere are some plants which you have to meet in person, as photographs just can’t convey their personality or presence. Thalictrum ‘Splendide’, a new giant Meadowrue from French breeder Thierry Delabroye, is one such specimen. Vigorous stalks shoot to the sky  ( 6-9′ in height), are heavily branched and bear clouds of dime sized lavender blossoms in such volume, the bouquets may indeed become top heavy, so added support by staking is a good idea. This airy display begins in June and continues for months (yes, months) into September.

Good news for cold climate gardeners: Thalictrum ‘Splendide’ is quite hardy, wintering over in zones as cold as 4 (some even say zone 3). It is a hybrid of T. delavayi planand it is sterile, which accounts for its long season of flower production. Like all Meadowrue, ‘Splendide’ enjoys a rich moist soil in sun or partial shade. Use ‘Splendide’ in the company of other big perennials and shrubs that also thrive in somewhat moist conditions, such as Eupatorium maculatum, Persicaria polymorpha, Hibiscus coccineus or Hydrangea cultivars. Don’t let ‘Splendide’s size intimdate you. It?s refreshing to have perennials in the garden that you can look up to.

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4 thoughts on “Thalictrum x ‘Splendide’”

  1. Oh my! I want one!!! And I want to see you – when a breath-taking is possible. LOVE the Foreplay. Will stop by in next few days, xxxxxCharlotte

  2. I’m finally catching my breath, and would love to see you! And ‘Splendide’ is indeed a plant that I’d love to introduce to you in person.

  3. Wow! It looks really lovely. My current favorite Thalictrum, Black Stockings, does have the advantage of seeding around a bit, which always leads to nice surprises (even if the upstarts DO want to grow in the front of the border, or, sometimes, between the bricks outside the border altogether).

    One just can’t have too many Thalictrum varieties! They take up no space and are so rewarding – thanks for tempting us with another one.

  4. Nan, I also enjoy discovering the self sown seedlings, and I know that the plants are going to be happy if they took the initiative to situate themselves in a spot to their liking. It’s a trade off—a steady supply of sterile blossoms or a shorter floral display followed by a new crop of Baby Rue’s.

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