Thalictrum delavayi (Chinese or Yunnan Meadow Rue)
I have always loved Thalictrum for its beautiful and delicate foliage: blue/green and very similar to that of Aquilegia and Maidenhair ferns. Just that alone is enough for me to want it in my woodland garden, but this Chinese native also has pink flowers as a bonus, and they couldn't be more endearing. Thalictrum delavayi is tall and slender (three to five feet) and may require staking if you are in an area prone to high winds. I have mine tucked in a corner of a woodland garden where it is supported by other, lower growing plants, including grasses and weeds, that seem to offer all the support it needs. How ever you decide to grow it, just grow it because it is a beautiful accent plant for any part of the garden where there is partial shade. Zones 3-9. Quarts.