Connecticut Plants
Tall Meadow Rue
Thalictrum pubescens Pursh

Tall meadow rue flowers don't have any petals; the white starbursts are made up of stamens. The plant has delicate, finely divided leaves.

  • Synonyms: Thalictrum polygamum
  • Family: buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
  • Habitat: swamps, streamsides
  • Height: 3-8 feet
  • Flower size: 1/3 inch across
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: July to September
  • Origin: native
Thalictrum pubescens Pursh
Thalictrum pubescens Pursh
Thalictrum pubescens Pursh

In close-up, it becomes apparent that meadow rue flowers have no petals; the conspicuous part of the flower is the white filaments of the stamens.