Galega officinalis

Goat's rue

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Lavender, White





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Plant details

Goat's rue is an informal plant that looks best scrambling amongst low branches of shrubs, which support the handsome foliage and allow the stems of lavender mini-sweet pea flowers to space themselves out and make a good display. If left unsupported plants may, in rich soil, trail over the ground or form untidy hillocks, and are best supported with twiggy pea sticks to raise them up off the ground. In good growing conditions plants self seed, so deadhead in borders. In wild gardens self-sown seedlings produce a delightful natural effect.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Galega

Species: officinalis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lavender, White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: September to October

Time to divide plants: January to March

Reader reviews

Mrsflopsybunny aka Vee

I love this miniature Sweet-Pea.Delicate and dainty with pale lilac flowers.
Mine is about 2" high and is green and lush with all the rain we've had. Dead heading creates more flowers elsewhere on the plant. This is in my cottage garden.

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