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Thalictrum aquilegiifolium

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Thalictrum aquilegiifolium

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium<ref name=itis>Integrated Taxonomic Information System 19 Dec 2011</ref> is a species of flowering plant in the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family known by the common names Siberian columbine meadow-rue,<ref>Template:Cite book</ref> columbine meadow-rue,<ref name=plants>Template:PLANTS</ref> French meadow-rue,<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> and greater meadow-rue. Its native range extends through Europe and temperate Asia,<ref>Missouri Botanical Garden</ref><ref name=grin>Template:GRIN</ref> with a naturalized distribution in North America limited to New York and Ontario.<ref name=plants/>

Growing to Template:Convert tall by Template:Convert wide, it is an herbaceous perennial, with leaves composed of frilled leaflets resembling those of aquilegia. In early summer it bears clusters of fluffy pink flowers in flat-topped panicles.<ref name=RHSAZ>Template:Cite book</ref>

The plant contains an alkaloid 'Thalidisine', which is also present in other Thalictrum species.<ref>S.W. Pelletier (Editor) Template:Google books</ref>

The cultivar 'Thundercloud' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>