Goat's Rue

Tephrosia virginiana

Regular price $17

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

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Goat’s Rue is an underused native that deserves to be planted in more gardens. With its gorgeous flowers and attractive bipinnate leaves, it has something to offer throughout the growing season.

  • Showy pink and cream bicolored flowers
  • Drought tolerant
  • Compact growth habit


  • 12 to 18 inches tall and wide
  • Dies back into the ground in the fall and emerges again in spring
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 6, 7, 8, and 9

Flowering period

Flowering begins early May in central North Carolina and lasts two to three weeks.

How to grow

Easy to grow in full sun to part shade and any well-drained soil. Plants can tolerate growing in poor soil.

Care and maintenance

Plants are easy to look after; just cut old stems down to the ground any time during the winter.

Where to plant

Goat’s Rue can be planted at the front of flower beds where their showy flowers and distinct foliage can be appreciated up close.

When to plant

The ideal time is spring through late summer when the plants are actively producing roots.


If planting in a group, space plants around two feet apart.

When will my plant flower?

Plants are at least two years old and may take another year after they’re planted in the garden before they will flower.

Native habitat and range

Sandhills and other dry sites from New Hampshire and Wisconsin south to Florida and Texas.

Source and origin

Plants are grown from seed collected on a dry slope in Moore County, North Carolina.

States Cost per order
AL, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $12
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, RI, VT, and WI $14
IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX $16
CO, NE, ND, and SD $18


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.

When will my order be shipped?

All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship on Monday and Tuesday so your plants don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.

How will my plants get delivered?

Almost all orders are shipped via UPS Ground. Occasionally we'll use USPS Priority Mail for very small orders.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. or 946 ml in volume.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.

On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know.

If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.