Goat's-rue - Galega officinalis

    Alt Name
    Goat's Rue

    Medium to tall hairless plant. Leaves pinnate with 4 to 8 pairs of oblong or lanceolate leaflets. Flowers white, to pale purplish lilac, 10 to 15 mm long in lateral racemes.

    Identification difficulty

    Damp meadows, stream banks and waste ground.

    When to see it

    Flowers July to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in England, particularly in the south east, scarcer elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 23 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map