$4.95 – $9.95
Soil: Hydric (Wet) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 3-5 feet
Bloom Color: Cream
Bloom Season: June – July
Suggested Uses: Purple Meadow Rue is a very useful plant for shoreline and wetland restorations and rain gardens. This wildflower has loose, delicate flowers in terminal clusters. The foliage is similar to that of the Wild Columbine, but has a glossy, leathery texture and the plant as a whole is much larger.
Native Range: Native throughout the Central U.S. Not common on either the East or the West Coast but native throughout the state of Minnesota.
Pollinators: A unique wind-pollinated plant. Attractive to bees!
Flowers: The male and female flowers grow on different plants. The male plants have flowers with dangling yellow stamens, while the female flowers have purple pistils.
Leaves: The alternate leaves have little stalks (petioles) and are divided into 3 leaflets. The leaflets have 3 lobes and are only a little longer than they are wide.
More information: USDA plant profile