Plant Care Goat-Rue


About Goat-Rue

Goat's Rue was fed to goats to increase milk production. It is no longer used as a feed for goats due to it containing rotenone. Devil's Shoestring refers to its long stringy roots. It's native to dry, open woods and best grown from seed. The flowers resemble sweet pea.


Tephrosia virginiana

Also known as

goat-rue, catgut, rabbit pea and Virginia tephrosia

How to care for Goat-Rue


How often to water your Goat-Rue

Water needs for Goat-Rue
0.5 cups
every 9

Goat-Rue needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Eugene, Oregon.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Goat-Rue in Eugene, Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

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Finding light for Goat-Rue in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Goat-Rue: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Goat-Rue love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Eugene, Oregon ⛅.

Goat-Rue does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Goat-Rue

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Goat-Rue: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Goat-Rue after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Goat-Rue is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Goat-Rue


Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Eugene, Oregon, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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