Teza and I have been having a conversation about one of my meadow rues .. actually my only one since I had such a bad experience from a standard type that I am STILL pulling out volunteers 6 years later .. now how is that for a turn off of a particular plant ?
However .. this very special one I brought home at almost the same time frame , made me love it right from the start in it's little pot .. the foliage was so delicate and lacy .. i thought I could forgive it anything ?
This bottom picture is its first year .. bottom right side by my stone face .. a little innocent gorgeous plant .. forgive the red mulch .. as I said almost 7 years ago !!
The following pictures are through a few years up to 2007 July on the very last picture. They are not well defined pictures because this is such an 'airy" lacy plant .. very difficult to get just the right light and consistency to show off how truly gorgeous these flowers and deep burgundy stems are.
So what is the problem then ? ... I think I know what cultivar it is against the tag's description and label. It was identified as simply "Yunnan Meadow Rue" .. and I didn't think much about it until the last couple of years when this delicate wonder has been topping 10 plus feet in height. Yes it is amazing to see .. I have a cathedral shaped metal plant support for the lower body but it is VERY strong and not truly in need a a support.
Teza was asking questions about it so I had to THINK .. and came up with what I thought was a more accurate classification Thalictrum 'Elin" .. a Swedish hybrid of rochebrunianum (tall self supporting purple/burgundy stems with violet flowers) and flavum var. glaucum (true scale height and lacy leaves)
Teza is thinking more along the lines of Thalictrum diffusiflorum ..discovered by Hinkley discovered in Yunnan province in China . BUT he agrees with me that mine has exceptional height .. it is easy care (in fact hardly any care , it takes care of itself in other words !). Plus it does not self seed or run .. it is a neat clump. So .. I think we would enjoy having other experienced gardeners with these plants give an opinion about my treasure ? .. The pictures are not good .. but I think you can get the general idea of the flower formation .. and as I have said it truly is a delicate giant in height !