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Pea-like flowers borne in an upright stalked spike. Flowers can be white, lilac, blue or purple. Individual flowers measure up to 1.5cm across.
Rounded pods containing many seeds, up to 3cm long.
A perennial flower with alternate, long-stalked leaves. Each leaf has a stipule present at the base of its stalk. Each leaf has 3 to 9 pairs of leaflets, plus a terminal leaflet. The untoothed leaflets often have sharp tips.
The bitter-tasting leaves of Goat's Rue are edible cooked. They make a good substitute for spinach.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
The crushed leaves of Goat's Rue smells foul.
Common Goat's-rue, French Lilac, Galega, Italian Fitch, Professor-weed.
Farmland, gardens, grassland, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.