Weak-stemmed plant, sprawling over other plants
and often resembling a vine. Flowers, which are in large,
branching clusters, have 4 tiny white petals and abundant white
stamens with yellow tips that droop below the petals.
Leaves are divided into multiple leaflets. Many of the
leaflets have a distinct shape, oval with three large lobes at
the tip. Leaflets have waxy grains underneath which smell
somewhat skunky. Plant blooms in early summer in open
Common along Wildwood Drive under the powerline.
Tall meadow rue
occurs in the same area. It has similar leaves, except
without the wax or smell, and the flowers are upright and
spreading instead of drooping.
Early meadow rue blooms
earlier and in shadier places. It has similar flowers,
except they are greenish. Leaves are distinctly different,
with scalloped edges.