Thalictrum rochebrunianum, is often known as Lavender Mist, and is certainly one of the most prized and highly sought after of the all the lovely Thalictrum family.
Clouds of lilac-mauve
Because each plant creates clouds of lilac lavender, billowing up to an impressive. 1.2m.
And although each flower is small, the effect of a misty mass of flowers is stunningly beautiful.
Especially as they are set above fine, blue-grey leaves. They make a lovely colour combination.
Hardy in Dry Shade
Lavender Mist is noted for its ability to flourish and flower profusely in shaded gardens.
So it is treasured by gardeners who contend with Dry Shade under trees and shrubs.
Because Lavender Mist can really shine there, with a minimum of water and attention.
So Thalictrum rochebrunianum, Lavender Mist, does best in Part Shade to Full Shade, but can tolerate Full Sun in cooler districts, and even more so if well mulched.
Can tolerate summer humidity as well as dry soil
Thalictrum rochebrunianum also tolerates summer humidity well, and so makes a very useful shade feature for sub-tropical gardeners.
Fragrance & cut flowers
The foaming froth of flowers have a delicate scent, and you can cut whole stems of the foamy, misty heads to fill a vase.
Where they make excellent, and long lasting cut flowers.
The cloud of flowers also provides an excellent pollen source for bees during the long summer and autumn flowering season.
And if you leave the last flower heads to go to seed, instead of cutting them down, then the seed heads also provide winter feed for small seed eating birds such as finches.
More mists in the shade
Once established your Thalicrum rochebrunianum will gently self-seed in the garden bed.
But it is not invasive, and volunteer seedlings are always welcome to make more clouds of blossom at the back of the garden bed, or under trees and shrubs.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow in autumn, winter & spring in punnets indoors / or scatter in the garden in autumn to early spring.
Indoors for early plants: Sow in punnets on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Press the seeds gently onto the mix, to ensure good contact.
But barely cover the seed with mix / vermiculite / fine sandy grit.
Now place the moist, sown punnet in a warm place.
You can use a temperature controlled heat mat if you have one, to provide optimum temperatures, but it is not essential.
Keep the mix moist but not wet.
A spray water bottle is useful.
And keep the punnet dark by placing black plastic or cardboard over it.
Temperatures of 20°C are best for rapid and optimum germination.
So keep the punnet moist and covered dark for 3 weeks.
Then wrap the moist punnet in cling wrap (or a plastic bag) & place in fridge (not freezer) for 3 weeks,
Remove from fridge after 3 weeks, unwrap & return to 20C and keep dark until you see germination in approx .
SEED COUNT: 15 seeds per pack approx.