Rue Anemone

Thalictrum thalictroides Ranunculaceae

Other names

Wind Flower

Growth habit




Native distribution

Native to the Finger Lakes Region, E North America


Robison Herb Garden, Coy Glen, Edwards Lake Cliffs Preserve, South Hill Swamp

Source of plant

Well-Sweep Herb Farm


Roots black, tuberous. Stems erect, scapose, 10-30 cm, glabrous. Leaves basal; petiole 10-30 cm. Leaf blade 2—-ternately compound; leaflets widely ovate or obovate to nearly rotund, apically 3-lobed, 8-30 mm wide, surfaces glabrous. Inflorescences umbels or flowers solitary, (1-)3-6-flowered; involucral bracts usually 3-foliolate, petiolate and opposite, or sessile with leaflets appearing to be whorls of 6 petiolate leaves, otherwise similar to basal leaves. Flowers: sepals not caducous, white to pinkish, showy, elliptic to obovate, 5-18 mm, longer than stamens; filaments narrowly clavate, 3-4 mm; anthers 0.4-0.7 mm. Achenes (4-)8-12(-15), short-stipitate; stipe 0.1-0.4 mm; body ovoid to fusiform, 3-4.5 mm, prominently 8-10-veined. In Thalictrum , T . thalictroides is unique in having umbelliform inflorescences and is therefore easy to identify. Based on this one distinction, many botanists still place it in the genus Anemonella . The leaflets, flowers, and fruits, however, are not unlike those of Thalictrum .

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

other ethnobotanical uses