Ruta graveolens
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Ruta graveolens

An Ruadh Lus
herb of grace

  family rutaceae 
  genus ruta 

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Genus  Ruta Species  graveolens Variety  Cultivar  Common names  rue   An Ruadh Lus   herb of grace Family  RUTACEAE Specimen number  S11884 Data source  DyePl p64;HtZn p165;MedPl p262;Frgnt p363;Frgnt p177;Xeri p286
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' - 3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The leaves of Ruta graveolens have a mildly resinous aroma. The roots of Herb of grace (also known as rue) have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Ruta graveolens is known as An Ruadh Lus in Gaelic. Red is the most typical color produced by this plant. Rue has been used in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland for dyeing. It is used in dyeing wool. This species can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. It likes moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Leaves Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  emmenagogue   anthelmintic   detoxifier   antiepileptic Medicinal parts  Aerial parts Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Ruta graveolens has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as an emmenagogue, as an anthelmintic, as a detoxifier and as an antiepileptic. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) The plant parts used in herbal preparations are the aerial parts. The leaves of this plant are toxic.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  aromatic leaves. very bitter tasting,strongly aromatic. bitter odor Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Resinous Dye parts  Roots Dye color  red
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Ruta graveolens is considered to have originated from Scotland and Mediterranean.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Ruta graveolens is a perennial. Flowers: Herb of grace (locally known in some parts as rue) has loose clusters of frizzy flower blossoms. The blossoms are typically of a yellow color.

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