Goat's Rue

Tephrosia virginiana

Regular price $19

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

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 in 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 Orders up to $50 Orders $51 to $100 Orders over $100
AL, DE, GA, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $16 $18 $20
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WI $18 $20 $22
IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX $20 $22 $24
CO, NE, ND, and SD $22 $24 $26


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

When will my order be shipped?

All plants are shipped within two weeks of placing an order.

Is it okay to plant in the winter?

Yes, as long as the soil is not frozen. Planting native perennials in winter and early spring gives your plants a head start before the summer heat arrives.

What if it’s too cold to plant where I live, but I want to buy a plant before it sells out?

Dormant plants can safely be kept in a basement, garage, or cool room until you are ready to plant in late winter or early spring.

How will my plants get delivered?

Most orders are shipped on Monday or Tuesday via UPS Ground, which depending on the destination takes between 1 to 4 days.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The majority are grown in containers that are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. / 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.

Can I return my plants?

You can return your plants if you no longer want them once they arrive. To receive a refund (minus 20% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 

Can I cancel my order?

Yes, you can cancel your order. Please visit our terms and service page for details.

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.