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Goat’s Rue

Tephrosia Virginiana 



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Goat’s Rue (Tephrosia Virginiana) is an eye catching native perennial legume that is easily identified by its blooms; it has silvery, gray-green foliage with showy pink & cream flowers.

Wildlife notes

Leaf-cutter bees are attracted to the nectar and pollen. Skipper caterpillars eat the foliage. Wild Turkey eat the seeds.  The roots of the plant contain rotenone, which is toxic to insects and fish. Historically, plants were fed to goats to improve milk production. However, that practice was discontinued after discovering rotenone toxicity.

Forage notes

Cattle eat the foliage.

Landscaping notes

Tephrosia virginiana is a member of the pea family that typically grows to 1-2′ tall. Once established, plants are best left untouched. Division and transplanting can be difficult. Goat’s Rue is best grown in acidic, dry to mesic, well-drained, sandy loams in full sun. It is drought resistant.

This plant looks nice in border fronts, cottage gardens, and native plant gardens and adds nitrogen to the soil.

Restoration notes

Tephrosia virginiana is native to dry open woods, glades and sandy prairies. It is commonly found throughout the southern, central and eastern parts of Missouri. In more wooded areas, Goat’s Rue typically occurs where oaks are the dominant trees.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

14 bulk lbs/acre


Dry, Average



Bloom Month



Pale pink, violet, and yellow blooms

Specialty Uses

Wildlife, Landscaping, Medicinal

Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq ft.

What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.