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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Goat's Rue

Goat's Rue (Tephrosia virginiana)

        Blooming from May to June the Goat's Rue, found in the eastern half of the United States, produce strikingly colored ½ to ¾ inch pink (keel) and tan (upper petals or standard) flowers, with a shape typical of those in the Pea (Fabaceae) family. Covered with hair, the plant reaches 28 inches tall and have leaves to five inches long which are divided into twenty one or more leaflets.
         Found in clearings and open wooded areas,the Goat's Rue,is threatened or endangered in some N.E. States.
       The Goat's Rue has had many uses historically. The insecticide rotenone, found in the roots of the plant, has been used as an effective insecticide and as a fish poison used to stun fish. Other uses include treatment for arthritis, tuberculosis, worms, bladder and kidney problems and to “make children strong”.

Warning: It is not recommended that these plants be used as medicine or food since many similar species may cause illness or death.

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