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Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’


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180cm x 75cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Fully Hardy

A popular hero at Chelsea! Thalictrum or Meadow-rue as it is also known, loves a partially shaded spot and is perfect for a cottage or woodland setting. Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ is one of the most popular varieties due to it’s fluffy bright purple flowers that sway in the breeze on almost black stems. Awarded the RHS Garden Merit for its outstanding garden performance, it’s one of the easiest plants to grow and is great for adding height to a planting scheme.

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Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' stands out in our collection for its striking appearance and exceptional garden performance, recognised by the prestigious RHS Garden Merit Award. This perennial beauty showcases tall, elegant stems adorned with lacy, dark purple foliage that resembles black stockings, creating a dramatic contrast in garden borders or woodland settings. Our head grower admires Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' for its architectural presence and ability to add depth and dimension to garden designs. They often pair it with lighter-coloured flowering perennials like Astilbe or Geranium for a captivating contrast. Additionally, its airy, purple-tinted flowers attract pollinators, contributing to garden biodiversity. With its outstanding garden performance and eye-catching foliage, Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' is a versatile choice for a wide range of garden styles, from cottage gardens to contemporary landscapes. Its resilience makes it a valuable addition to any garden, providing long-lasting beauty and interest throughout the growing season.

Planting Conditions

Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' thrives in moist, well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. Choose a planting site with partial shade to protect its delicate foliage from scorching sun. When planting, ensure the crown of the plant is just below the soil surface. Mulching around the base helps retain moisture and suppress weeds. While it prefers cooler temperatures, it can tolerate some heat with sufficient watering. Overall, providing a sheltered spot with adequate moisture and organic-rich soil sets the stage for healthy growth and abundant flowering of Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'.

Watering & Feeding

Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' benefits from consistent moisture, especially during periods of drought. Water deeply when the soil begins to dry out, ensuring it remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. Feeding with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in Spring can provide necessary nutrients for healthy growth. However, avoid excessive fertilisation, as this can lead to leggy growth. Mulching around the base helps retain soil moisture. With regular watering and modest feeding, Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' will thrive and reward you with its elegant foliage and delicate blooms.

General Care

Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' generally requires minimal care beyond regular watering and feeding. We advise pruning dead or damaged foliage as needed to maintain a tidy appearance and encourage new growth. While this plant is relatively disease-resistant, it may occasionally be susceptible to fungal issues like powdery mildew in humid conditions. Monitor for pests such as aphids and caterpillars, addressing any infestations promptly. Overall, providing well-drained soil, adequate moisture, and occasional feeding supports the health and vigour of Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' in your garden.