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(Ruta graveolens)
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Also see: Rue Varieties Chart

PROPAGATION: By seed, cuttings and division. Perennial.
NEEDS: Full sun and well-drained loam. Top dress with good compost at each harvest to stimulate new top growth.
HARVEST: Leaves may be harvested for craft material several times a season. Dry in the shade.


Material is used for dried arrangements. Let the pods dry on the plant, then pick them or they can be picked green if desired.

Used to repel fleas and Japanese beetles.

Rue is the national flower of Lithuania representing purity and virginity.


Blue Curl (Ruta graveloens 'B.C.')
Blue Mound ( R. grav. 'B.M')
Bracteosa ( R. Bracteosa)
Common Heavy-leaf (R. graveolens)
Common, Thin-leaf (R. grav.)
Egyptian (R. chalapensis sp.)
Fringed (R. chalapensis)
Harlequin (R. graveolens) Jackman's Blue (R. grav. 'J's B.')
Mountain Rue (R. montana)
Portugese (Ruta sp)
Prostrate Ruta sp)
Variegated (R. graveolens 'Variegata')

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH