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This very elegant plant needs a cool place sheltered from wind, perhaps supported among shrubs or some judiciously placed twiggy branches in order to protect its delicate foliage. Small deep lilac flowers, enclosing tufts of cream stamens dangle in airy-fairy fashion from wide, branching heads. Exquisite in late summer.
Thalictrum delavayi. This is a clump-forming perennial, and from mid summer to early autumn, it will bear loose panicles of nodding pale purple flowers about 2.5cm. The grey-green leaves are 2-3 pinnate and lobed.
You can grow them in sun or partial-shade in any well-drained soil.
Grown for their divided foliage and fluffy flower heads. Does well at edges of woodland gardens.
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