Rue - Ruta graveolens
Woody perennial native to the mediterranean. Hardy to - 30 degrees F. This is a very showy landscape plant, with long-lived blooms of bright yellow giving way to oily pods that look like tiny oranges.
Wash hands or other body parts that contact the plant with soap after handling, as the plant can cause photosensitive dermatitis in predisposed individuals. This mainly occurs if you really hug the plant in the full sun on a sweaty day, but in any case, you may wish to wear gloves.
Certified organic, 100 seeds/pkt.
Planting & Care
Soil & Water:Thrives in sunny exposure in dry to mesic, well drained soil.
Planting & Growing:In spring, sow seed in pots or directly in the garden. Barely cover seed, tamp firmly and keep evenly moist and in the light until germination (about 15 days). Thin or transplant to a distance of 3 feet apart.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest leaves before flowering or remove flower heads to extend season.