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Meadow Rue (Tall)

Thalictrum polygamum
Meadow Rue (Tall)

Habitat

They are found in wet meadows, swamps and sometimes on rocky wooded slopes.

Description

The tiny flowers have no petals, but are made up of stiff, light green to white plumes of pollen stems (stamens) in puffy bunches on a long stem. The leaves are made up of oval, toothed leaflets (1inch long). They bloom June through August.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

Flower Type: Tiny flowers (too small to see clearly) with small, showy stamens clustered on top of the tall plant (corymb)
Flower Color: White
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Plant Type: Wildflower (Tall - 3-8 feet)
Leaf Type: Divided into small toothed leaflets

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