Goat’S Rue

Also known as:
French Lilac
Europe, Asia Minor & Russia

General description

Erect, woody, hairless herbaceous perennial <2m tall. Compound leaves in 4-9 pairs. Leaflets narrowly oval, sparsely hairy & prominently veined. Small pea-like flowers (Dec-May) ranging from purplish-blue to deep pink to white-purplish, occur in many-flowered clusters <30cm long. Cylindrical seedpods with parallel veins.

Riverbeds, swampland, pastures, roadsides, wasteland.

Seeds dispersed via pod burst or from pods floating on waterways. Stem fragments.

Can be poisonous to stock.

Site management

Replant area with native species to prevent re-establishment. Follow up for rhizome regrowth.

Recommended approaches

1. Grub out scattered plants removing all plant material.
2. Weed wipe during active growth (25mls clopyralid/1L). Do not use clopyralid in home gardens.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
goat’s rue - Main species image