|Columbine Meadow-rue with Columbine|
On the left in this picture, does everyone recognize the purple flowers of the Wildflower Wednesday interloper, Thalictrum aquilegifolium, a non-native flower known as Columbine Meadow-Rue? It's from Eastern Europe/Asia.
I consider it an interloper because it is growing in an area of the garden where I thought I had planted only native woodland plants, dug up several years ago in an area of a woods which was going to be dammed up to form a large 15 acre lake.
That's the only reason I was madly digging up some wildflowers from the woods and moving them to my garden. They were going to be flooded out, forever. Never dig up wildflowers unless there is no other hope for them. Ever.
Thalictrum aquilegifolium is not a native wildflower. So, it was either an invasive species in the woods or I bought it and planted it in this general area. I can't remember. I'd have to look through boxes and boxes of plant tags to figure it out.
Someday, I will.
In the meantime, I do like the foliage of Columbine Meadow-rue, I won't lie about that.
|Columbine Meadow-rue foliage|
It makes me wonder if this meadow-rue had been found and named first, would columbine have been named "thalictrumfolium"?
Something to ponder.
Once I figured out that Columbine Meadow-rue is not a native wildflower, I changed my mind on allowing it to go to seed and scatter itself about.
|Columbine Meadow-rue flowers going to seed|
I checked Indiana's list of invasive plants and did not find the Columbine meadow-rue on it, so I'm keeping it.
But I'm watching it. And I'm going to dead-head it to keep it from spreading.
If you'd like to read more about wildflowers, check out Wildflower Wednesday, hosted on the fourth Wednesday of the month by Gail at Clay and Limestone.