Thalictrum venulosum

Veiny Meadowrue

Veiny Meadowrue, Photo courtesy Wisconsin State Herbarium and Kim Alan Chapman
Veiny Meadowrue
Photo courtesy Wisconsin State Herbarium
and Kim Alan Chapman

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  • Thalictrum, from the Greek, qaliktron (thaliktron), name for the European meadowrue Thalictrum minus.
  • venulosum, from the Latin, venosus, "veiny"
  • Common Name from the habitat of some Thalictrum (though not necessarily this one) and rue, from the Anglo-Saxon rúde, and the Peloponnesian Greek `ruth (hrute), a name originally given to Ruta graveolens and later applied to a host of plants with bitter leaves.
  • Other common names include Boundary Meadowrue, Early Meadowrue, Northern Meadowrue


  • Kingdom Plantae, the Plants
    • Division Magnoliophyta, the Angiosperms (flowering plants)
      • Class Magnoliopsida, the Dicotyledons 
      • Subclass Magnoliidae
        • Order Ranunculales, the Buttercups
          • Family Ranunculaceae, the Buttercups, with Actaea, the Baneberries, Clematis, Coptis (Gold Thread), Delphinium (Larkspurs), Hepatica, Ranunculus (Buttercups), and Thalictrum (Meadow Rues).
            • Genus Thalictrum, the Meadowrues; about 100 species of perennial herbaceous plants, from the North Temperate Zone, South America, and Africa.
  • Taxonomic Serial Number: 18684
  • Also known as Thalictrum confine, Thalictrum occidentale, Thalictrum turneri


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  • Leaves basal and cauline; cauline 1-3, those proximal to inflorescence petiolate, those subtending panicle branches sessile. Leaf blade 3-4 times thrice compound; leaflets obovate to orbiculate, apically 3-5-lobed, ¼"-¾", lobe margins crenate, surfaces abaxially glabrous or glandular-puberulent.
  • Stem erect, 8"-20", glabrous, from rhizomes.
  • Roots
  • Flowers Inflorescences terminal, panicles, narrow and dense, many flowered.
    • Sepals sepals greenish white, lanceolate or broadly ovate to elliptic or obovate, 2-4 mm; filaments colored, not white, (1.8-)3-5.5 mm; anthers 2-3.5 mm, blunt to mucronate; stigma commonly yellowish.
    • Petals
    • Stamens
    • Pistils
    • Ovary superior (within blossom) inferior (below flower)
  • Fruit an achenes 5-17, erect to spreading, not reflexed, nearly sessile; stipe 0.1-0.3 mm; body often distinctly curved, elliptic-oblong, nearly terete to slightly flattened, adaxial surface 3-4(-6) mm, glabrous to glandular, veins distinct, not anastomosing-reticulate; beak 1.5-2.5(-3) mm.
  • Seed


  • Identifiable as
  • Distinguished from
  • Field Marks


  • British Columbia to Québec, north to the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, south to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, NW Nebraska, the Dakotas, Minnesota, and western Wisconsin.


  • Prairies, riparian woods, and coniferous, deciduous, and mixed forests



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  • Sexually by seed
  • Flowers
  • Assexually by


  • By rhizome division,


  • Hardy to USDA Zone 3 (average minimum annual temperature -40ºF)
  • Cultural Requirements
    • Light:
    • Soil:
    • Water:
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    • Fertilization:
  • Size 12"-18"W x 12"-18"H
  • Growth rate
  • Good for
  • Cultivars include
    • variety 'Alba', with
  • Cultivars and species available by mail order from specialty suppliers or at local nurseries



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