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Goat's Rue

Galega officinalis

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Variable in colour, 5 petals
 
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.
Fruit:
Rounded pods containing many seeds, up to 3cm long.
Leaves:
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.
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Aroma:
The crushed leaves of Goat's Rue smells foul.
Other Names:
Common Goat's-rue, French Lilac, Galega, Italian Fitch, Professor-weed.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, grassland, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.