Thalictrum ‘Blizzard’ seeds – (Meadow Rue)


A wonderful light-as-air plant for the summer border, which is long lasting, easy care and gives an airy grace to the garden.

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This is a very beautiful variety of Thalictrum Delavrayi. It is quite compact and produces small hovering shiny white flowers which shimmer like tiny parasols amongst delicate maiden-hair-fern like leaves. It flowers on into autumn. Its leaves are somewhat paler than the other Delavrayi varieties. It is a beautiful addition to the summer border.

The foliage starts off green but then as it ages begins to assume a purple tinge. Foliage of plants that are under stress can turn completely purple, and sometimes plants which are grown in pots assume a purple tinge to their leaves.

It is a member of the buttercup family and grows high on hillsides in scrub in the North western Yunnan province of China, in ground that is often stony and acidic.

In gardens the plant seems to adapt well to a range of conditions, from full sun to dappled shade, in any reasonably well drained soil, and does not like to be waterlogged.  Try to protect it from winds by placing it next to a protecting plant on the windward side, so that you dont have to stake it, as its airiness is spoilt by staking. It is a very useful and pretty garden plant which does not seem to take very much care and increases a little in size year on year.


Sowing advice

Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. It is advisable to  cover seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 3 to weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.

Additional information


Hardy Perennial



Maximum Height

90 cm

Number of seeds in packet