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How to Grow Galega Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Goat’s Rue, French Lilac, Italian Fitch and Fodder Gelag

Plants belonging to the Galega genus are hardy perennials that reach heights of between 90 cm and 1.2 m.

They bloom in the summer when they carry pink, lilac or white flowers in sprays.

Goat's Rue is a common species of Galega.

Galega orientalis
Galega orientalis by peganum.

Galega Plant Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Goat’s Rue, French Lilac, Professor Weed, Italian Fitch, Fodder Gelaga.
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
Height: 32 to 80 inches (80 to 200 cm).
Native: Middle East.
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 9.
Flowers: Summer.
Flower Details: White, pink, violet, lilac. Sprays.
orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, lilac. Small. Clustered. Fragrant. Daisy-like ray and disc florets. Bell-shaped. Tubular. Trumpets. Inconspicuous pale green; plants are grown for their attractive silvery or bronze spearheads.
Foliage: Herbaceous. Compound. Oval. Pinnate.
Growing Outside: 1/4 inch (6 mm). Start of spring - before the last frost, or towards the end of autumn. Germination time: two weeks to two months. Spacing 8 to 36 inches (20 to 90 cm). Nursery bought plants can be planted in either spring or autumn.
Sow Inside: No
Requirements and care: Full sunlight or light shade. Ordinary to poor. Richer or fertilized soil will result in thinner plants. Cut back stems once flowering has completed. Needs to be divided every two or three years. Propagate: by dividing in the spring in cooler regions or autumn in warmer lands.
Miscellaneous: Gets its name Galega because it can promote lactation; Milk (Gala), Bring on (ega). Considered a noxious weed in some areas.

How to Grow Galega Plants in the Garden

When growing Goat's Rue and other Galega plant members in the garden from seed, then it is best to sow them directly outdoors. Sow seed in autumn or just before the last frost of spring at a depth of 6 or 7mm.

Depending upon planting time it should take from two weeks to two months for Galega seeds to germinate. Ideally space the plants from 20 cm to 90 cm apart in a lightly shaded or sunny part of the garden that has an average soil.

Caring for Galega Plant

It is easy to look after Galega plant species. Following flowering cut back the stems to maintain a tidy appearance. Every three years the plants should be divided to help maintain vigour. If you require more plants then propagate Galega plants by division in the spring.



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