Tephorosia virginiana

Goat's Rue

Names and Myths

Tephorosia From the Greek tephros ash-colored or hoary

virginiana Virginian

Goat's Rue


Late spring and summer. Erect, unbranched plant, hoary (covered with silky white hairs). Terminal flower clusters.49 Dry open woods.

Natural history / Folklore

Members of this genus have been used as insecticides, or to stun fish making capture by hand possible. They have also been used for tuberculosis, and are being examined for their potential in the treatment of cancer.12

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