Thalictrum is a genus in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. They are perennials, rhizomatous or tuberous, found by streams, in meadows, and in moist, shady, often mountainous areas worldwide, mainly in northern temperate regions. They have ternately or pinnately divided foliage and panicles or racemes of small flowers with showy stamens and sometimes large colourful petal-like sepals. Many of our members grow some of the species and cultivars developed from them and very much enjoy their airy clouds of flowers. But it’s a newer addition that has found its way onto our Top 30.

Thalictrum Splendide White is upright and robust to 175 cm high and 50 cm wide with green finely divided foliage. It blooms in summer with clouds of little, bright white flowers. ‘Little’ might not be quite the right way to put it – the flowers are small but a lot bigger than those of other thalictrum varieties. The airy nature of the flower heads give a lovely contrast to plants with stronger shape and colour. It thrives in full sun or partial shade, preferably in humus rich, moist soil. It received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit in 2016.

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