Meadow-rue (Thalictrum petaloideum)

Dmitry Poltavsky - Thalictrum petaloideum

Dmitry Poltavsky - Thalictrum petaloideum

Meadow-rue is an exceptionally beautiful perennial in the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family. Despite their common name of Meadow-rue, Thalictrum species are unrelated to the true rue (family Rutaceae). The English word Rue refers to the resemblance between the leaves of these plants and the herb rue (Ruta). Thalictrum is an old Greek name for this genus. Meadow-rues are usually found in shaded or damp locations, throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere and also south to southern Africa and tropical South America. World-wide there are between 120 to 200 in the genus Thalictrum. According to Rafinesque (1830), the roots of certain species of Thalictrum were used in Canada for the cure of snakebites, and the leaves were sometimes employed as an ingredient of spruce beer; but the species referred to are not named.