Seeds - Rue
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Description: Rue has a long history as a culinary as well as medicinal and sacred herb. It has strong, bitter oils.
One of the side benefits of planting Rue in the herb, perennial, or veggie bed is that it appears quite effective at keeping cats away! The plant has oils that can cause contact dermatitis, which for cats is potent enough to discourage them, but not so serious as to cause harm. Plant one plant every 12 feet for best effect.
Rue is attractive, with steely blue foliage and bright yellow flowers. Swallowtail Butterfly larvae feed on Rue, and plants easily recover once the hungry caterpillars have had their fill!
Pack Size: 250 seeds
Latin Name: Ruta graveolens
Main Uses: Culinary, medicinal, sacred
Zone Hardiness: Zone 3 perennial
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 30 - 45 cm (12 - 18 inches)
Flower Color: Yellow
Flowering Time: Late summer
Germination: 7 - 21 days at 21° C.
Pre-treatment: Store seeds in the refrigerator until ready to sow. Seeds are viable for 1 year.
Sowing: Indoors 6 - 8 weeks before planting out. Sow 3 seeds per plug cell. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant. Not suited for direct-seeding outdoors, unless sown in September for early spring germination.
Planting Depth: Press firmly into soil.
Planting Out: Plant in fertile, well-drained soil. Once established, Rue does not require supplemental fertilizing.
Notes: Some gardeners experience mild to moderate contact dermatitis when handling Rue - it is a good idea to where gardening gloves when handling, particularly if prone to skin sensitivities.
Harvesting: Rue is less familiar as a culinary herb in North America, although it has a long history of use in Middle Eastern and North African cooking. A little goes a long way!
Growing in Containers: Rue is beautiful in pots, but will not survive the winter if kept in pots.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Well suited for larger mixed planters, if treated as an annual.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden recently-amended with compost. No further fertilizing required.
Watering (Garden): Water the first two weeks to establish. Mature plants require little watering.
Beneficials Attracted to this Plant: Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars.
Pest/Disease Issues: Very disease-resistant. Powdery mildew can be a concern during cool summer weather, or where plants are over-crowded.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.