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Rue

Ruta graveolens
Herb of Grace, or rue, was historically a potent herb that could vanquish scorpions and their venomous stings and make poison and the plague meek. It still carries a bit of that legend today, for it is an acrid scented herb that can cause welts to rise if mishandled by the unfortunate. But, on the other hand, it is singingly beautiful, with blue-green carefully arranged leaves and a shrubby form studded with gold coins of bloom. All it needs to reign in the garden is sharply-drained soils and a sun-drenched spot.
SKU #S1829
Caution: Poisonous. The purchaser assumes all liability related to the use of this product.
$3.25
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
51
Lifecycle
Perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
4,
5,
6,
7,
8
Mature Size
2-2.5' h x 2-2.5' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Regular to rich, well-drained
Season
Summer
Color
Golden yellow
Features
Scented Leaves
Great for containers
Deer Resistant
Heat or Drought Tolerant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Attracts Beneficial Insects
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Surface sow and lightly press in; requires light to germinate.
Sprout Time:
7-30 days
Starting Indoors:
Start indoors 8-12 weeks before last frost. Keep at 65-75F
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow 2 after last frost to early summer.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Rue, also called Herb of Grace or Countryman's Treacle, was once considered a culinary plant but is now avoided due to the bitter and toxic components within its leaves. This verdant plant is best used as a hedge in herb gardens and cottage gardens for the unexpected beauty of its blue-green leaves and simple gold flowers. Beneficial insects are drawn to this Mediterranean native, and they are of easy culture in any light, rich soil. Prune after bloom to shape. Caution: wear gloves as toxic effects can occur when handling in sunlight. Toxic if ingested.
Final Spacing:
2'
Water Requirements:
Low Water Use
Watering Details:
These plants prefer drier soil, and tolerate drought. Water only during especially dry periods.
Soil pH:
Not particular about pH
Fertilizer:
Mix in about 2" of compost before planting, and top dress with an additional inch each spring.
Diseases & Pests:
No major problems.