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Common rue     

Ruta graveolens

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Common rue is a plant which belongs to the Ruta genus.

Its flowers are yellow. It may cause a rash and/or photo-sensitivity in some individuals. It should not be touched when wet or damp. It can be eaten, but it is very bitter.

It was commonly used in ancient Greece and Rome as a culinary herb and is still used for cooking in the eastern Mediterranean and North Africa.

Rue plants have bluish-green, fernlike leaves that are bushy and compact. Produces yellow flowers with frily edged petals; the center of the flower is normally green. Great companion planting in the garden. Repells dogs, cats and Japanese beetles.2

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Yellow and   Painter yellow. The blooms display an average of 4 petals. Leaves appear approximately as a   Teal green and   Celadon Green

It is a flowering edible herb that typically grows as a semi-evergreen, which is defined as a plant that is evergreen in mild areas but otherwise deciduous.

Common rue is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.46 feet (that's 45.0 cm in metric) with a forb habit. This plant tends to bloom in late spring.

This plant is a great attractor for butterflies, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Common rue is a great choice.

Turkey is believed to be where Common rue originates from.

As Common rue is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Common rue have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Common rue

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Surface sow seed (needs light to germinate) in peaty soil at 68°F (20°C) to germinate in 7-28 days. Transplant to full sun and fertile soil that is not too wet (keep well watered until it is established). This plant enjoys rocky soil.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun / full sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 6 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil is peat-rich and has a ph of between 6.6 and 8.5 as Common rue is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Common rue is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

See our list of companion Plants for Common rue to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Common rue from seed

The seeds need light to germinate, therefore, do not cover them completely with soil and keep the soil moist. New plants can also be started with cuttings.

Ensure a seed sowing distance of 1.49 feet (45.72 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Common rue

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Common rue is a very hardy plant.

Harvesting Common rue

Rue was thought to protect against plague, and since people also rubbed their floors with fresh rue to repel fleas, it probably actually did protect them. Like other bitters (wormwood, for instance), rue has been used to get rid of worms. The rutin in rue is antispasmodic and thus good for intestinal cramps and coughs. However, an excess of rue causes vomiting, can interefere with the liver, and can even be fatal; don’t use during pregnancy. Fresh leaves can cause dermatitis in senstive people, especially on hot sunny days when the essential oil is strongest. It can also interact negatively with blood thinning agents.

Seed Saving Common rue

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds. Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds. Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

How long does Common rue take to grow?

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Common rue Etymology

OFr rue < L ruta, probably from Gr rhyte, of uncertain origin. Not etymologically related to the English verb rue “to feel regret,” < O.E. hreowan “make sorry, grieve.” Similarly the English noun rue, meaning “sorrow, repentance”, is from O.E. hreow, from the verb.1

Common rue Folklore & Trivia

Rue was sometimes called witchbane because people carried bunches to keep off pesky witches (you know who you are), and the expression “rue the day” is said to come from the practice of throwing rue at an enemy while cursing him.

Other names for Common rue

Herbygrass, Hreow, Mother of the Herbs, Bashoush,

Misspellings: Rude, Rewe

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