Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers a rich, humusy soil and light, dappled sun. Can be easily grown from seed. Intolerant of the hot and humid summers of the deep South.
This species of meadow rue is dioecious (separate male and female plants). It typically grows 2-3' tall and features a basal clump of lacy, fine-textured, compound, bluish-green foliage (resembling columbine or maidenhair fern). The lilac-purple male flowers (color is actually from the profuse, fluffy purple stamens) are much showier than the female ones. Flowers are borne in dense panicles on branched, wiry stems rising above the foliage in late spring to early summer. Mass effect of the male bloom can be quite showy. Aquilegiifolium means columbine leaf.
No serious insect or disease problems. Plant stems usually do not require staking or other support.
Provides late spring flowers and delicate, blue-green foliage to perennial borders, wildflower gardens or meadows.