Belongs to: pea family

Goat's rue Galega officinalis

Best time to see: Jul to Sep

Key facts

Continental plant that has colonised Britain, growing up to 1m. tall on damp waste ground

Spikes of lilac or white pea-like flowers; pinnate leaves

Various medicinal uses: increases breast milk, stimulates sweating to bring down a fever and can lower blood sugar levels

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