CRCCD – Goat’s Rue


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Tephrosia virginiana


Soil:  Acidic, Sandy loam, Well-drained
Moisture:  Average to Dry
Light:  Full to Part Sun
Plant Height:  1 to 2 feet
Plant Width:  1 to 1.5 feet
Pests:  None
Landscape Value:  Great for small spaces and border fronts.  Good for mass planting in butterfly gardens and xeric gardens.

A perennial legume with upright to sprawling stems and compound leaves bearing 8 to 15 paired leaflets and one terminal leaflet.  Stems and leaves are covered with soft white hairs giving the plant a gray-green color. Bicolored pea-like flowers occur in dense clusters at stem tips and bloom May to August.  Flowers have rose-pink lower petals and pale yellow upper petals.  After blooming, flowers are replaced by widely spreading, hairy seed pods.  Roots fix nitrogen.  Due to deep root systems, plants are best left alone once established as division and transplanting are rarely successful.  Roots and stems contain rotenone, toxic to insects and fish.  Once fed to goats to increase milk production, this practice was discontinued when rotenone was identified.  Attracts butterflies, moths, and bees.  Tolerates poor soil and drought.

1 gallon pot