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Goat's Rue

Galega officinalis

Also known as

Common Goat's Rue, French Lilac, Professor Weed, Galega, Common Milkpea

Galega officinalis-IMG 4806 by C T Johansson (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

1m

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Goat's Rue

Some Galega officinalis in flower with green leaves
A close up of some flowering Galega officinalis plants
A photo of Goat's Rue
A photo of Goat's Rue

Goat's Rue Overview

Galega officinalis is a bushy perennial from the Fabaceae family, originating from Europe. It forms attractive clumps with divided leaves. Commonly known by the names Common Goat's Rue, Galega and French Lilac, amongst others. Flowers are pea-like and coloured white to lilac, appearing from mid-summer to autumn.

Common problems with Goat's Rue

How to propagate Goat's Rue

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Division

Division in winter.

Special features of Goat's Rue

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Goat's Rue

Found on damp waste ground.