Thalictrum delavayi ‘Hewitt's Double’

double-flowered meadow rue

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Outstanding Qualities

With its six to eight foot stature, Hewitt's Double meadow rue is a commanding perennial. It requires even moisture and full sun to stand tall without staking. Terminal sprays of airy pale purple flowers are produced in midsummer and are complemented by lovely columbine-like foliage. The leaves are often burnished with plum as they are growing.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: light or open shade to full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Plant Thalictrum delavayi 'Hewitt's double' with other taller growing perennials like Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light', or the pale yellow green-flowered Kniphofia 'Percy's Pride'.

Great Color Contrasts: gold, silver, red, orange

Great Color Partners: lavender, pink, purple

Culture Notes
Like most meadow rues, 'Hewitt's Double' prefers light or open shade, but will tolerate full sun. Provide regular moisture during the growing season. This perennial takes a couple of years to reach its full stature and requires humus-rich soil. It should receive an annual topdressing of good compost or manure in late winter.