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Ruta graveolens 'Variegata'(Variegated Rue) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Variegated Rue (Ruta graveolens 'Variegata') 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 as a small informal hedge in a herb garden to divide it up.  This is an attractive variegated form of this plant, with green and golden yellow leaves, it is a great evergreen dwarf shrub for a sunny hot spot in the garden as it has a  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.

Cut back hard every few years to maintain its superb foliage.

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 Variegated Rue Online

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

Ruta graveolens 'Variegata'(Variegated Rue) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type Moisture retentive soil
Flower Colour Yellow
Height 60cm
Spread 60cm
Latin Name Ruta graveolens 'Variegata'
Hardiness RHS rating H6 - Hardy - Very cold winter
Culinary None
Scented None
Medicinal/Cosmetic Herbal medicine
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Hedging/Edging
Type of Garden Herb
  • 2
    Ruta Graveolens variegated

    Posted by Aidan F on 4th Oct 2023

    I would never have brought this plant had I seen it before buying. It was in very poor conditions and should never have been offered for sale, nothing like the picture showing it. However I have planted it hoping in time it will perk up. It did arrive remarkable well packaged...the best I have ever seen!

  • 5

    Posted by Jason Vaughan on 7th May 2022

    Excellent customer service, plant arrived in perfect condition. This variegated form of Rue is one of the most graceful varieties giving a bit of variation from the basic species type