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Thalictrum aquilegiifolium is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
The whole plant is poisonous, particularly the root[
E. and C. Europe to Asia.
Damp woods, hedges and rich upland meadows of the lower Alps, often in stony places near glaciers[
Succeeds in most fairly good soils in sun or semi-shade[
]. Prefers a humus rich soil[
A very ornamental plant[
], it is hardy to about -25°c[
Grows well on a woodland edge[
A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Root - raw or roasted[
]. Caution is advised, there is one report that suggests that the root is particularly poisonous[
Young leaves - cooked[
]. Caution is advised, they are possibly poisonous.
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
The seed can also be sown in an outdoor seedbed in spring[
]. Plant them into their permanent positions the following spring.
Division in spring as new growth commences or in the autumn[
]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.