Hardy, drought and pest tolerant perennial,
bushy to 3ft native of the Mediterranean. Graceful blue-green deeply
dissected leaves lend rue the name, herb-of-grace. Blooms in combs
of yellow, May-Sept.
Grow specs: Well-drained limey poor soil in spring under
full sun. Loves rocks and dry conditions. Grows larger in hotter
climes. Hardy to -20F. Good companion of roses and raspberries.
In European tradition rue is used as red dye,
perfumery, moth repellent (dried leaves), medicinally as stimulant,
antispasmodic, mild sedative, antidote, anti-aphrodisiac, abortifacient.
Lethally toxic, do not use during pregnancy, internal use is not
advised, dermal blisters result when plant alkaloids contact skin
under sun exposure.