Best Thalictrum Varieties To Grow On Herbaceous Borders

Last Updated on April 9, 2024 by Real Men Sow

Thalictrum or meadow rues are prized because of their delicate flowers, glaucous leaves, and airy growth habits.

These plants come in a variety of sizes, from tiny alpine species to tall border perennials that can reach 2m in height. They can be grown in either sun or shade as long as the soil remains moist. However, this is not always true. Make sure to check the requirements for growing your plants before you buy.

Because of their floaty nature, thalictrum can be grown in herbaceous borders and bring a relaxed, informal atmosphere to your planting scheme.

What To Grow With Thalictrum

You can pair or group them with a diverse plethora of plants, these include:

  • Eryngiums
  • Dryopteris
  • Hostas
  • Alchemilla
  • Hesperis
  • Honesty
  • Cosmos
  • Astrantias
  • Ageratina
  • Blechnum


Thalictrum Varieties To Grow In Your Garden

Thalictrum flavum

Thalictrum flavum, also known as yellow meadow rue, is a perennial that grows upright and bears yellow flowers. It is beautiful when placed in a border of herbaceous plants, along with purple-flowering plants such as echinops and delphiniums. Subspecies glaucum is characterized by glaucous, attractive foliage. (H x S: 150cm x 50cm).


Thalictrum tuberiferum, a delicate-looking thalictrum that is native to Russia, Korea, and Japan. This thalictrum can be grown in either full or partial shade. The bright clustered flowers will bring out the best of a shady area. (H x S: 70cm x 30cm)


French meadow rue, Thalictrum aquilegifolium gets its name because of its nearly scalloped leaves, which look a lot like aquilegias. This species produces some of the most beautiful flowers in comparison to other thalictrum. There are many varieties, including the Thundercloud and the white-flowered Thalictrum Aquilegifolium. (H x S: 140cm x 50cm)


This species of Thalictrum produces stunning clouds of flowers during the summer months. It is similar to gypsophila, but with taller stems. Thalictrum delavayi can be used in herbaceous borders with partial shade. (H x S: 100cm x 50cm)

Thalictrum kiusianum

Thalictrum kiusianum, also known as dwarf meadow rue, is a low-growing plant that grows to around 15 cm in height. This is a great choice for ground cover in partial sun, where it will gradually spread and provide interest through the form of summer flowers and delicate, fern-like leaves. (H x S: 15cm x 30cm)

Thalictrum minus

Thalictrum minor is a perennial, clumping species that can be found in Europe, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. It can be grown in moist, well-drained soil with partial sun or full sun. It is best to grow it in a larger area so that it can spread. (H x S: 60cm x 50cm)

Thalictrum filamentosum

Thalictrum filamentosum flowers from May to late summer. They produce beautiful starburst-shaped flowers. This species thrives in moist, rich soil with partial or full shade. (H x S: 60cm x 50cm)


Thalictrum ichangense perennial, small species blooms first in spring and produces starry lilacs from May to midsummer. Grow Thalictrum Ichangense in partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. (H x S: 30cm x 30cm)

Real Men Sow
Real Men Sow

Hello, I’m Pete and I’m currently based in the west of Scotland, in a small place called Rosneath, where I’m exploring my garden adventures. I personally started gardening around 6 years ago and initially, I started out by growing my favorite fruits and berries, such as strawberries, Raspberries & Gooseberries. Since then I’ve added a lot of vegetables and working closely with my neighbor, it’s been a lot of fun.