Galega officinalis

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(also known as Galega, French lilac, Italian fitch, professor-weed)

Galega officinalis L.



  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – No

  • [1] Global Invasive Species Database –

  • [2]NatureServe I-Rank – Low/Insignificant
  • "...Invaded habitats include moist open grasslands, roadsides, cropland, stream banks, and marshes/wet meadows. Where well-established, the species can form monocultures and dense thickets in wetland communities, reducing food and nesting materials for wildlife. The Utah infestation has proven difficult and costly to eradicate, in part because seeds remain viable in the soil for 5-10 years..."

  • AB Weed Act status – No

[3] Link to Wikipedia, Galega officinalis - "...native to the Middle East, but it has been naturalized in Europe, western Asia, and western Pakistan. The plant has been extensively cultivated as a forage crop, an ornamental, a bee plant and as green manure.[4] However, the plant has proved too toxic for widespread agricultural use, with the potential to induce tracheal frothing, pulmonary oedema, hydrothorax, hypotension, paralysis and death.[5]..."

[4] Link to USDA Plants, Profile and map for Galega officinalis L. professor-weed

goatsrue, Galega officinalis, Plant(s) (licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.)
goatsrue, Galega officinalis Flower(s) (licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.)