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Ruta graveolens (Rue) Herb Plant

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Rue (Ruta graveolens) Herb in 1 Litre Pot 

Rue (Ruta graveolens), also known as Herb-of-Grace is native to southeastern Europe it is in fact a shrub but looks more like an herbaceous perennial. It is generally grown as a specimen on its own in herb gardens but it can be grown a a small informal hedge in a herb garden to divide it up.  Nowadays, it is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens, especially because of its bluish leaves, and also sometimes for its tolerance of hot and dry soil conditions.

Growing up to 60cm, this perennial will produce a mass of bright yellow flowers in midsummer. WARNING  - caution must be exercised when handling it as it may cause blisters especially if handled in sunlight, wear gloves when handling.

Herb Usage

It was used commonly as a herb in Near Eastern and Roman cuisine, and used as a traditional flavouring in Greece and other Mediterranean countries, In Croatia, and in Northern Italy, for instance it is used to give a special flavour to a version of Grappa and most of the time a little branch of the plant can be found in the bottle. This is called grappa alla ruta. 

In the middle ages the Catholic church used a bunch of Rue to sprinkle holy water on the congregation, hence it's common name 'Herb-of-Grace'  ironically Rue was also a common ingredient in witchcraft and spell making, in fact during the Middle Ages it was a symbol of recognition between witches.  It is also Reputed to be an insect repellent, and apparently Cats also do not like the smell of the leaves so could be tried as a cat deterrent. Although it can be used in cooking,  it is bitter and gastric discomfort may be experienced by some individuals so not recommended, grow it as described for its ornamental qualities.

Buy Rue Online

Our Potted Rue herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.

 

 

 

 


Other Details

Aspect/Site:
Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type:
Moisture retentive soil
Flower Colour:
Yellow
Height:
80cm
Spread:
60cm
Latin Name:
Ruta graveolens
Hardiness:
RHS rating H6 - Hardy - Very cold winter

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