Common Meadow-rue - Thalictrum flavum

Alt Name

This plant reaches 50 to 100 cm in height and has a far reaching, rhizomatous stock. Leaves are 2 or 3 pinnate and the leaflets are oblong-wedge-shaped 3 or 4 lobed. Flowers are creamy yellow in dense panicles, stamens erect.

Photo ID?

Wet grassy habitats, marshes and river and stream margins.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly widespread but local in Britain as far north as Inverness.

VC55 Status

Local and sparsely distributed in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 31 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map