Rue (Ruta graveolens)
Family: Rue (Rutaceae)
Hardiness: to -30° F
Woody perennial native to the mediterranean.
This is a very showy landscape plant, with long-lived blooms of bright yellow giving way to oily pods that look like tiny oranges.
Grown Rue is a genus of strongly scented evergreen sub-shrubs 2060 cm tall, native to the Mediterranean region, Macaronesia and southwest Asia. There are perhaps 8 to 40 species in the genus. A well-known species is the Common Rue. The leaves are bipinnate or tripinnate, with a feathery appearance, and green to strongly glaucous blue-green in colour. The flowers are yellow, with 45 petals, about 1 cm diameter, and borne in cymes. The fruit is a 45 lobed capsule, containing numerous seeds. It is very bitter. It was used extensively in ancient Middle Eastern and Roman cuisine (according to Apicius), and it is still used in northern Africa. In Italy rue leaves are sometimes added to grappa to obtain grappa alla ruta.
Toxicity: Caution should be taken with using rue topically. Applied to the skin with sun exposure, the oil and leaves can cause blistering. Some may find that they are much more sensitive than others.
100 seeds/pkt. Certified Organically grown