Rue (Ruta graveolens) is a 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.
Rue is one of the oldest talismanic plants and was often used for protection and the warding off of the evil eye. It can be used to strengthen and protect the aura, promote health and concentration, and to attract love.
Toxicity: Caution should be taken with using rue topically. When 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.
Cultivation: Hardy in zones 4-9. Wash hands or other body parts that contact the plant with soap after handling, as the plant can cause photosensitive dermatitis in predisposed individuals. This plant prefers full sun, regular garden soil. Sow in spring. Standard greenhouse culture or sow in a fine seedbed outdoors. Sow just below the surface, tamp securely, keep evenly moist, and in the light. Germinates in 15 days. Thin or transplant to 2 feet apart.
Packet of 50 organic Rue (Ruta graveolens) seeds.