goatsrue USDA PLANTS SYMBOL: GAOF
Galega officinalis L.
Synonym(s): goat's rue, professor-weed

Goatsrue is an herbaceous, perennial plant found in Utah, Pennsylvania, and New York that can grow up to 6 ft. (1.8 m) in height. Goatsrue is listed as a Federal Noxious Weed. Plants are shrubby and multi-stemmed with alternate, pinnately compound leaves. 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. Goatsrue invades wet, disturbed areas such as streambanks, low pastures and ditches. It can form dense thickets and is toxic to livestock. Goatsrue is native to the Middle East and was first introduced into the United States in Utah in 1891 as forage for livestock.

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