Tall Meadow Rue

Thalictrum pubescens Ranunculaceae

Growth habit




Native distribution

Native to the Finger Lakes Region


A 3-7' tall plant with sturdy round stems and blue-green lobed leaves. Produces a panicle of starry white flowers.
Light: Full sun to shade.
Moisture and Soil: moist soil in full sun, drier soils in shade.


Seed Treatment and Storage: Seeds germinate in cool soil after a 30-60 day period of cool, moist stratification.

Biocultural value

The Haudenosaunee prepared an infusion of the crushed plant to treat nosebleeds and took a root infusion internally as a gall bladder medicine. The Montagnais used the leaves to flavor salmon.

The statements above were sourced from:

Native American Ethnobotany Database: http://naeb.BRIT Native American Ethnobotany Database.org/

Wildlife value

Tall meadow rue is primarily wind pollinated, but beetles visit staminate flowers to feed on pollen.


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