Nov. 7, 2017

purple meadow-rue, Thalictrum dasycarpum

Second time around, Williams' In The Fen Country sounded a lot better. Music gets better as it becomes more familiar. Thanks for the link, Anne. In celebration, here's another fen plant. I never understood why this species was called purple until I saw this one. More often the filaments were just white. This tall member of the buttercup family is very successful in fens, where the wind can blow free to pollinate them. It's enjoyable to see in a bunch, or up close like this. The flowers are little more than a quarter inch long. Purple meadow-rue grows in AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, WA(S), WI, WY, AB, BC, MB, ON, QC(L), SK, and YT. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 6/8/12.