Plants We Love: Goat’s Rue

Goat's Rue (Tephrosia virginiana)Common name: Goat’s rue

Botanical name: Tephrosia virginiana

Virtues: Unique bicolored flowers, drought tolerance.

Flowers: Clusters of pastel pink and yellow flowers, appearing May through August.

Foliage: Small oval leaves held alternately on long stalks, somewhat fernlike in appearance.

Habit: Perennial to 1 to 2 feet tall and wide.

Season: Spring and summer.

Origin: Dry open woods, thickets and fields of the eastern half of the United States.

Cultivation: Grow in full sun to part shade. Prefers well-drained acidic soil. Prefers sandy soil but tolerates other types with good drainage. Tolerates drought. USDA Zones 4–9.

Goat's Rue (Tephrosia virginiana)Top image: Catherine Herms, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org

Bottom image: Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org

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