Rue Overview

Description This shrubby aromatic herb has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes for centuries. It is rarely used nowadays in American cuisine because the leaves have a bitter flavor. Rue grows best in full sun but tolerates light shade. It must have good drainage to survive, however. Rue has fine-texture blue-green foliage and bears yellow flowers in summer. Rue self-seeds, so remove flower heads before they set seed to avoid more plants. This shrub can be clipped into a neat hedge, making it an ideal herb for knot gardens.
Genus Name Ruta spp.
Common Name Rue
Plant Type Herb, Perennial
Light Part Sun, Sun
Height 6 to 6 inches
Width 18 to 24 inches
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Blue/Green
Season Features Summer Bloom
Special Features Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Seed, Stem Cuttings
Problem Solvers Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant

More varieties for rue

Jackman's Blue rue

'Jackman's Blue' rue

Ruta graveolens 'Jackman's Blue' is noted for its especially blue foliage. Like common rue, it bears yellow flowers throughout the summer. It grows 2-3 feet tall and 18-24 inches wide. Zones 4-9

Fringed rue

Fringed rue

Ruta chalapensis gets its common name from its fringed yellow flowers, which appear in spring on plants with blue-green foliage that closely resembles that of common rue. Other common names for this variety include Egyptian rue, wall rue, and Aleppo rue. It is a favorite larva plant of swallowtail butterflies. It grows 2-3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Zones 8-10

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