Common names: African-rue
Peganum harmala (African-rue) is a perennial herb/ (family Zygophyllaceae) with white flowers and thin narrow leaves found in the Mojave Desert in California. It is native to the Mediterranean and central Asia. It favors grasslands. It spreads via seeds and roots. Seeds are dispersed by water, animals, farm machinery and other vehicles. Local spread occurs when pieces of rootstock are severed and moved during cultivation.
Cal-IPC Rating: Watch
Plant Risk Assessment
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Weed Management Notes
- Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.
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Other Peganum harmala Information
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- Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
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- USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.