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NC Native Plant Society:
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Thalictrum dioicum

Early Meadowrue, Early Meadow-rue

Scientific Name:

Thalictrum dioicum

Genus:

Thalictrum

Species Epithet:

dioicum

Common Name:

Early Meadowrue, Early Meadow-rue

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow, Green, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Seepages, moist forests. Common in NC Mountains, uncommon in the Piedmont foothills and rare to uncommon in the central Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Dioecious. Wind pollinated.

Male flowers with dangling stamens

Macon County NC

The Scientific Name is Thalictrum dioicum. You will likely hear them called Early Meadowrue, Early Meadow-rue. This picture shows the Male flowers with dangling stamens of Thalictrum dioicum

Lisa Lofland Gould

Male flowers with pale sepals and dangling anthers

Avery County NC

The Scientific Name is Thalictrum dioicum. You will likely hear them called Early Meadowrue, Early Meadow-rue. This picture shows the Male flowers with pale sepals and dangling anthers of Thalictrum dioicum

Lisa Lofland Gould

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/thalictrum-dioicum/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/thalictrum/dioicum/



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