NAME: Goat's Rue
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Devil's Shoestrings / Catgut / Hoary-Pea / Rabbit-Pea
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tephrosia Virginiana syn. Tephrosia Latidens / Cracca Virginiana / Cracca Latidens
COLOR: Bicolor Yellow & Fuchsia Flowers
PLANT SEEDS: Fall sow seeds or cold stratify
BLOOM TIME: May - Aug
HARDINESS ZONE: 3 - 9
PLANT HEIGHT: 24 - 36"
PLANT SPACING: 15 - 18"
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Dry
QUANTITY: 30 Seeds
OTHER: Goat's Rue is a prairie plant that is native to The US & Canada. They are found naturally in areas that are dry, sandy, & rocky, so can tolerate these conditions well. They are also able to grow in part sun. Goat’s Rue is a legume, so can help fix the nitrogen levels of the soil to improve its fertility.
The beautiful flowers of Goat’s Rue look similar to those of sweet peas. They bloom in clusters & are very showy with yellow upper petals & bright pink bottom petals. The leaves have a ferny feathery shape. The foliage is hairy, giving the plants a shimmery silvery appearance.
The flowers provide nectar & pollen bees & butterflies. Goat’s Rue is also a host plant for the Skipper Butterfly. The seeds & plants are poisonous to humans & livestock if they are eaten, so be sure to plant them somewhere they will not cause any harm. The 2" long seed pods develop by fall, & the seeds of the Goat’s Rue are eaten by game birds like turkey.
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