Goat's Rue

Family:
Fabaceae
Origin:
Eurasia

General description

Perennial, clumping herb < 1 m tall. Leaves are pinnate and < 22 cm long. Flowers are pea-like, purple/white and borne in spikes. Seed pods are < 4 cm long.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell goat's rue within the Auckland region.
  • You must not plant goat's rue within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any goat's rue on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.

Riverbeds, riparian margins, pasture, roadsides, wasteland.

Seeds dispersed by explosive dehiscence, gravity and water. Human-mediated dispersal through movement of contaminated soil and gravel.

Toxic to livestock. Potential to act as nitrogen fixer and compete with native plant species.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical

Biocontrol

Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant
For infestations amongst desirable species:
Foliar spray with 40ml clopyralid per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant (not for use 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.

RPMP status


Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Goat's rue - Main species image