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Rue, Herb of Grace
Scientific Name: Ruta graveolens L.
Synonym:
Family: Rutaceae
Rue, Herb of Grace (Ruta  graveolens) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 6-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial sun

Origin: Southern Europe

Growth Habits: Bushy perennial, evergreen or deciduous, up to 3 feet tall (60 cm), 12 inches spread (30 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate water, good drainage

Propagation: Seeds in spring, root cuttings, division, cuttings in late summer, early autumn


Not really used as an herb anymore, the Rue can still be used as an insect repellent, it was used for its ability to induce menstruation. In excessive concentration, it is very poisonous. It can also be used for the reddish dye in its roots. Its leaves are eaten by the black swallowtail caterpillar.

Rue, Herb of Grace (Ruta  graveolens)

Rue, Herb of Grace (Ruta  graveolens)

Cultural Practices:
Cut back the Rue in spring to keep it compact.

Blooming Habits:
The small yellow flowers appear in midsummer, they are followed by decorative seed capsules.

Fruiting Habits:


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