goatsrue

Fabales > Fabaceae > 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.


Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

  • Weeds of the Week - USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, Forest Health Protection

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Plant(s);
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
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Foliage;
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Flower(s);
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); in flower
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Seed(s); Seeds 3.5-4.5 x 1.5-2 x 1.5 mm
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Seed(s);
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Plant(s);
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Plant(s);
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Infestation; in pasture
Randy Westbrooks, U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org
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Invasive Reference(s):

Check Invasive.org for most current lists.
  • Federal Noxious Weed List
  • California - Noxious Weed Law
  • Massachusetts - Noxious Weed Law
  • Nevada - Noxious Weed Law
  • North Carolina - Noxious Weed Law
  • Oregon - Noxious Weed Law
  • Pennsylvania - Noxious Weed Law
  • South Carolina - Noxious Weed Law
  • Vermont - Noxious Weed Law
  • Washington - Noxious Weed Law
  • Mid-Atlantic - EPPC List


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