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Herbaceous Perennial

Galega × hartlandii 'Alba'
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goat's rue 'Alba'

'Alba' is an herbaceous perennial to 1.5m with copious pinnate leaves and erect, branched spikes of pea-shaped, white flowers 1cm in length

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn White Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Galega are robust bushy perennials with pinnate leaves and axillary racemes of pea-like flowers in summer and autumn

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any, preferably moist soil, in full sun or partial shade. Needs staking and may spread in rich soils

Propagation

Propagate by division between late autumn and spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back flowered stems to prevent self-seeding

Pests

Prone to pea and bean weevil

Diseases

Generally disease free

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