Goat's-rue - Galega officinalis

Alternative names
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.

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

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