Common Meadow-rue - Thalictrum flavum

    Alternative names

    This plant reaches 50 to 100 cm in height and has a far reaching, rhizomatous stock. Leaves are 2 or 3 pinnate and the leaflets are oblong-wedge-shaped 3 or 4 lobed. Flowers are creamy yellow in dense panicles, stamens erect.

    Identification difficulty

    Wet grassy habitats, marshes and river and stream margins.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly widespread but local in Britain as far north as Inverness.

    VC55 Status

    Local and sparsely distributed in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 31 of the 617 tetrads.

    Further Information

    If the plant is in fruit, keep an eye out for the galls of Ametrodiplosis thalictricola

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