Rue - Goat's Rue Wildflower (Tephrosia virginiana) Perennial Wildflowers Organic Non GMO Flower

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Rue - Goat's Rue (Tephrosia virginiana) Organic - Non - GMO - Flower


Indigenous to North America, Goat's Rue (Tephrosia virginiana) is a herbaceous perennial celebrated for its captivating clusters of pink to lavender flowers. The plant showcases pinnately compound leaves adorned with oblong leaflets, imparting an exquisite and feathery allure. Graceful slender stems give rise to striking inflorescences, featuring butterfly-shaped flowers that delicately enhance the overall charm of the plant.

Thriving in open woods, meadows, and prairies, Goat's Rue adapts seamlessly to diverse habitats, particularly favoring well-draining soils. Beyond its ornamental value, this plant plays a pivotal role in local ecosystems by drawing in essential pollinators such as butterflies and bees. With its ecological significance, Goat's Rue emerges as a prized addition to gardens designed to support and nurture wildlife.

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Height: Goat's Rue typically reaches a height of 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120
  • Well-draining soil with a slightly alkaline to neutral pH is optimal for this plant.
  • While tolerant of dry conditions, maintaining moderate moisture promotes healthy growth.
  • Goat's Rue typically blooms in late spring to early summer, offering a burst of color to the garden landscape.
  • Deadheading spent flowers encourages continuous blooming.
  • Providing support, if needed, helps prevent the plant from bending under the weight of its blooms.
  • Regular watering during dry spells and occasional fertilization contribute to robust growth.
  • As a leguminous plant, Goat's Rue has nitrogen-fixing properties, enhancing soil fertility.
  • Its nectar-rich flowers attract pollinators, contributing to biodiversity in the garden.
  • Goat's Rue is hardy and can endure winter conditions. A layer of mulch helps insulate the plant during colder months.
  • Seed Stratification: Start by stratifying the seeds. Place them in a damp paper towel inside a plastic bag and refrigerate for 4-6 weeks. This mimics the natural cold period needed for germination.
  • Seed Sowing: After stratification, sow the seeds in well-draining soil. A mix of potting soil and perlite works well. Press the seeds lightly into the soil surface, and cover them with a thin layer of soil.
  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water from the base to avoid disturbing the seeds. A spray bottle can be useful for this.
  • Temperature: Maintain a warm environment for germination. A temperature range of 70-75°F (21-24°C) is ideal. Consider using a heat mat if ambient temperatures are lower.
  • Light: Goat's Rue seeds benefit from light for germination. Place the seed tray in a location where it receives bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can be too intense for delicate seedlings.
  • Germination Time:  Germination can take 2-6 weeks. Be patient and maintain consistent moisture and warmth during this period.
  • Transplanting: Once the seedlings have developed a few true leaves, transplant them into individual pots or directly into the garden. Ensure proper spacing, as Goat's Rue can reach a height of 2-4 feet.
  • Soil and Location: Plant Goat's Rue in well-draining soil with a slightly alkaline to neutral pH. Choose a sunny to partially shaded location in the garden.
  • Maintenance:  Water the established plants during dry periods, and provide support if needed. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming.
  • Winter Care: Goat's Rue is hardy, but a layer of mulch can provide protection during harsh winters.
  • Goat's Rue seeds typically have a germination rate of 70-80% under optimal conditions. Factors such as seed quality, environmental conditions, and proper care during the germination period can influence the success rate.
  • Seed count: 10