Plant ID in MA? Thanks.

stoloniferous(6)April 24, 2008

Among some ferns in a shaded, moist area of my yard, some other sort of plant is also growing. The foliage is very soft, and comes in groups of three leaves, each leaf no bigger than my thumbnail. To my uneducated eye, I would guess that the plant is a cousin of bleeding heart. Any idea what it might be? In the picture below, it is the foliage in the lower half of the photo.

This is in zone 6 in Massachusetts. Thanks!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bubbleoffplumb(z6 NY)

they look sorta like ferns?

is that jewelweed I see before me? (the foreground critters)

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 4:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I still think it looks like a type of Rue.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 4:19PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bubbleoffplumb(z6 NY)

perhaps I should read before responding - yeesh!
(and it isn't even jewelweed)

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 5:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Maybe Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)?

Here is a link that might be useful: Rue anemone

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 9:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thank you esh and patch! My first search for rue yielded images that didn't much look like it, but with the scientific name I think I've got a match. And it is native, woo!

Bubble, no problem. :) I've actually got jewelweed coming up aaaaaall over the yard, and it looks distinctly different. Thanks though!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 4:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It depends on how big it gets. Thalictrum thalictroides is a pretty small plant and - maybe it is just the perspective in the picture - but these leaves look bigger.

If it gets taller than 8 inches, look at another member of the family like Thalictrum dioicum or Thalictrum pubescens (I have a tall one in the woods, not sure which one but it gets about 3 feet tall).

Here is a picture of my Rue Anemone (very robust in garden soil, it as just a scrap of a plant when I put it there):

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 5:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I suppose I'll know for sure when it decides to flower. When does rue usually bloom? Thanks. :)

I forgot to mention that I dug up and moved some of these mystry plants last week, and they held up remarkably well considering how fragile they seem. They remain tiny, though.


    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 7:11AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Rue anemone is an early bloomer. The main flush on mine is done now, but it will continue to bloom sporadically for several months (and if I trim it, it will bloom again). The taller rues bloom later (mine are only about 10-12 inches tall now).

    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 8:01AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
well_drained(z6a MA)

After spending the summer dormant, last year my rue anemone started blooming again in the fall, alongside the asters and goldenrods. I never read about that in any of my native plant literature.

- wd

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 3:23PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)?
Hello. I found a pile of Cardinal flowers by the roadside...
Is this a native/what is this?
This spring-blooming, 1-2" tall bed of flowers:...
Looking for Alternative for Russian Sage
Over the weekend, I was out of the state and seen some...
Cherokee Rose
Does anyone know if the hips from these are edible,...
Indian story or legend about Sassafras leaves
This is a little out of the ordinary, but I am looking...
Sponsored Products
Set of 12 Magnolia Glitz Champagne Picks
$59.50 | FRONTGATE
White Cedar Paradise Arbor
Windowsill Planter
George Kovacs Bridge 25" Wide Pendant Light
Euro Style Lighting
Kensington Mini Pendant by Kichler
$217.80 | Lumens
Foscarini | Diesel Collection Fork Grande Suspension Lamp
Adah Birdcages - Set of 2
$99.99 | Dot & Bo
Birds Hangin' Gallery-Wrapped Canvas
$79.99 | zulily
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™