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Rue

Ruta graveolens

A woody perennial with unusual grey-green leaves that are finely lobed and fluted. Rue may grow to 3 feet and is beautiful used as an ornamental. Leaves are very aromatic and taste bitter; said to repel fleas and mosquito's and flowers are small and yellowish-green. Take care when tending to the plant; the essential oil in the leaves when exposed to sun can cause skin reactions.

50 seeds

 

Planting

Perennial, zone 4-9

Germination:  7-21 days

Seed Planting Depth:on surface, lightly cover

Starting Indoors/Outdoors:  Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost.  Provide 70-75 degree soil temperatures. Transplant 12-24" apart. 

Light  Needs:  Full sun to light shade

Soil Needs:Fertile and  well drained to a rocky soil.

Uses:Medicinal, culinary, ornamental 

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