Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'
Common Name: meadow rue 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Ranunculaceae
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Lavender-magenta
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful


Will grow in most garden conditions but prefers a moist rich soil in full sun to part shade.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Thalictrum is a genus of about 130 species mainly found in the north temperate areas along streams and moist meadows. Some species are native to alpine areas.

Genus name comes from the Greek word thaliktron which was a name used by Dioscorides to describe a plant in this genus.

'Black Stockings' is a stunning cultivar with beautiful, lacy foliage. It produces tall clumps with near-black stems that bear huge clusters of lavender-magenta flowers.


No serious insect or disease problems. Powdery mildew, rust, leaf spot and smut are occasional problems. Watch for slugs and snails.


Best in perennial borders, cottage gardens, meadows, open woodland areas or naturalized areas.

'Black Stockings' is valued for both its attractive foliage and showy flowers.