$4.95 – $9.95
Soil: Hydric (Wet) to Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full to Part
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.
This is a very useful plant for the rain garden or pond area. It is excellent for shoreline restoration, as well. This wildflower has loose, delicate flowers in terminal clusters that look like rain hanging down! The foliage is similar to that of the Wild Columbine, but has a glossy, leathery texture.
Medicinal Uses: It has been used to treat snakebite and reduce fevers. The seeds have been used to produce thalicarpine, a promising cancer drug.
Other Uses: The Potawatomi smoked seeds for good luck, especially before visiting ladies.
More Info: It is pollinated by the wind.
Name: The scientific name Thalia is the Greek muse of pastoral poetry.