Tephrosia virginiana - Goat's Rue
It is hard to believe that a plant so breathtaking could be so rare. This selection embodies standout pea-like flowers of creamy yellow accentuated by a fuchsia-pink lower lip in spikes above blue-green pinnate foliage on arching stems. Perfect for grouping and pollinators love it!
- Butterflies love its bloom
- Easy to grow and thrives in the heat
- Post-bloom seed pods attract native songbirds
- Perfect for grouping with great form and foliage
- Mid to late May flower spikes are riveting
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Tephrosia virginiana received its common name, 'Goat's Rue' because people believed feeding goats Tephrosia virginiana would increase their milk production. The use has since been discontinued.
Grows well in dry to average well-drained acidic soil in full sun, partial sun, or even full shade.