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    Rue Herb Plants

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    Our Price: $5.95
    ZONE: 4 -1 1
    EXPOSURE: Full Sun
    SIZE: 24"H x 18" S
    BLOOM: Yellow, Mid Summer
    POT SIZE: 3.5" Pot

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    Ruta graveolens

    Rue, known as the 'Herb of Grace", is a native of the Mediterranean region. It is a wonderful ornamental plant for herb gardening. This herb plant has a nice mounding habit and small, very pungent evergreen leaves. Tiny yellow flowers grow above the attractive foliage. Rue will work nicely in an herb garden as well as a rock garden.

    During the Middle Ages, Europeans believed in the magical powers of this medicinal herb and it was often placed in doorways to keep evil spirits away. Because of the plant's strong smell, Rue was also used to thwart plagues and contagious disease. Its antispasmodic and emmenagogic properties are actually what make Rue a valuable medicinal herb. Used to cure cramps and encourage menstruation, Rue is a powerful herb that should not be handled by pregnant women. Today, Rue is still considered a special herb in Lithuanian culture, and is given to couples on their wedding day to provide clarity to see beauty in their marriage.

    The herb's strong aromatic qualities make a great deterrent to most garden pests including deer, rabbits and slugs and its beautiful yellow flowers are a magnet for butterflies. Rue is drought resistant and acts as an insect repellent, so it makes a great garden companion.

    If you have sensitive skin be wary of planting Rue near walkways or where you may come into contact easily with it. In some cases people have developed blisters and welts from brushing against or handling fresh Rue, as the combination of essential oils and UV rays can cause Photodermititis.

    Zones: 4 - 11

    Size: 24"H x 18"S

    Light: Full sun

    Bloom: Yellow, blooms mid Summer

    Uses: Rue has long since been a great medicinal herb used for antispasmodic and emmenagogic properties. Because of these characteristics, Rue is popularly used to treat menstrual cramps and delays, induce abortions and as a sedative. Rue can also be made into teas or used in salad and has a very pungent odor.

    Tips: If you have allergies or very sensitive skin, be careful when handling Rue. It can cause an adverse reaction with some people once they get fresh Rue oil on their skin. This can produce poison ivy-like blisters that are activated by UV light, called Photodermititis. Also, because of this herb's abortifacient abilities, PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD NOT HANDLE RUE.

    Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    5 Stars January 14, 2013
    Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Norwalk, CT United States  
    Outstanding product and service! Will be using The Growers Exchange again.

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      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    Rue January 14, 2013
    Reviewer: deana sidney from jersey city, NJ United States  
    Rue is used in food from ancient Rome, Greece and in the Middle Ages.  I write a food history blog and link to the Grower's Exchange as the place to get hard to find herbs like Rue.  

    It is slightly bitter but flavorful and looks divine as an accent.  Also, it moved inside for the winter beautifully and is doing well with lots of new shoots.

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      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    rue January 14, 2013
    Reviewer: carol smith from Boynton Beach, FL United States  
    I'm having a problem with cats using my flower beds as litter box.  I'm planting the rue as a border to deter them
    thank you for the information
    I also love the tomato supports, in zone 10 our veggies are grown in the winter.  Vines are doing great.

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      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    Attracts Butterflies June 30, 2011
    Reviewer: Linda Fair from Beverly Hills, FL United States  
    I have found that Rue, as well as curly parsley, dill and fennel, are excellent host plants for the Black Northern Swallowtail.  I raise and release.

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      10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
    Animal Repellent April 22, 2010
    Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
    Rue (Ruta graveolens): Dogs and cats hate the smell of rue. The dried and crushed leaves can be an effective insect repellent.

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