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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Why is this species a problem?

Goatsrue is known to form dense patches that start in open, disturbed areas. These patches typically choke out other plants, dramatically reducing plant diversity. Plants also have deep, tough roots and produce seed that can easily survive up to 25 years or more in the soil. This makes effective management a challenge, requiring a longer time commitment than most other species. All parts of the plant are toxic to livestock, and particularly to sheep and goats.

spread by agricultural activitiesseeds spread by clinging to tires