Galega officinalis L.


Galega officinalis is an herbaceous, perennial plant found in Utah, Pennsylvania, and New York that can grow up to 6 ft. (1.8 m) in height. Plants are shrubby.
Leaves are multi-stemmed with alternate, pinnately compound.
Purple to white, pea-like flowers are arranged in terminal or axillary racemes and are present from June to July.
Fruits are short pods with up to 9 seeds each.
Ecological Threat
Galega officinalis invades wet, disturbed areas such as streambanks, low pastures and ditches. It can form dense thickets and is toxic to livestock.

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EDDMapS Distribution

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State Regulated List

State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Genus: Galega
Subject: Galega officinalis L.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
goat's rue, professor-weed


Plants - Forbs/Herbs