Rue Ruta graveolens Also known as the Herb of Grace

Rue is viewed as an out of fashion herb and is rarely grown these days. Could it be because graveolens is Latin word meaning “having an offensive and strong smell?” (Current investigations report that rue can be harmful if eaten.

herbs at Grace Farms

Setting that aside, rue is an entrancing herb in view of its long history in the restorative world. Also, despite the fact that a plant loses mass interest doesn’t mean people will no longer grow it in their garden. Rue can be a gardener’s best friend since smell keeps pets from trampling on your herbs and also repels Japanese beetles.
To learn more about this interesting herb, please continue reading
Local to Europe, Rue is a thick evergreen herb bearing little yellow blossoms which, similar to the foliage, emanate an off-putting smell. For a considerable length of time, rue was thought to cure incalculable conditions: eye strain, insect bites and even averting the plague. Rue can also be used in cooking sauces and marinades and also be used to make green dyes. In the old days, Romans utilized the seeds of this perennial herb in their cooking. Rue likewise had a place in Catholic customs, so it is regarded repentance herb and grace herb. Also, Both Leonardo de Vinci and Michelangelo supposedly utilized rue to enhance their visual perception and inventiveness.
In the present day, rue is developed decoratively or for use in dried bloom arrangements. In the event that you grow this herb, put on pants, long sleeves and rubber gloves when pruning or harvesting to prevent your skin coming in contact with the sap that could cause irritation to the skin (contact with its leaf oils can also cause itching, blistering and burning).
These days we realize that rue can be harmful when eaten in vast amounts and an excessive amount of it can create extreme stomach cramps, so try to leave it out of your cooking.
Planting rue herb in your garden can be to your advantage. Its unpalatable odor repulses numerous animals, including cats, dogs and Japanese beetles, making this herb a superb sidekick plant. Additionally, its semi-woody development can be pruned into nonconventional fences around rose and herb gardens.
Cheat Sheet
• Rue possesses greenish-yellow blossoms with frilly edges, which pull in butterflies around mid-year.
• Grow rue herb as a sidekick plant to repulse bugs. Rue is particularly useful when planted close to raspberries and roses. The strong-smelling dried leaves additionally make an efficient moth repellent. Just cut a modest bunch of leaves, dry them up and place them in sachets or areas where you need insects to stay away.
• Rue makes an extraordinary cut flower so consolidate a couple into a cutting garden.
Keep It Alive
• Rue flourishes in a sunny, well-drained and dry situation and is not picky.
• Its average height is about 2 to 3 feet tall.
• Rue is dry season tolerant, so specifically plant it in areas of your garden that requires little or no care.