Rue

Rue

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Ruta graveolens

Rue is a prized perennial herb with many medicinal properties, that is native to southern Europe and northern Africa and commonly cultivated in Europe and the U.S.  It is often referred to as Herb-Of-Grace.   The greenish-yellow flowers blossom in Summer and Autumn. The stem is woody in the lower part, the leaves are alternate, bluish-green.

Scientists have found more than 15 compounds in Rue have been identified as having in vitro antibacterial and antifungal activity.  The main uses for Rue are to relieve gouty and rheumatic pains and to treat nervous heart problems, such as palpitations in women going through menopause. The infusion is also said to be useful in eliminating worms.  In European folk medicine, Rue serves to relieve gas pains and colic, improve appetite and digestion, and promote the onset of menstruation. 

Sow seed on surface of soil as it needs light to germinate, optimum temperature 20c, germination in approx. 10 - 21 days. Self sows when plant is established. Frost resistant but drought tender. An evergreen shrub, growing to around 1m x 1m.

20 seeds per packet

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