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Goat's Rue

Galega officinalis

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
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:
150cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
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.
Aroma:
The crushed leaves of Goat's Rue smells foul.
Other Names:
Common Goat's-rue, French Lilac, Galega, Italian Fitch, Professor-weed.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, grassland, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.