Ruta graveolens

Zone: 4 - 9
Height: 24"-36"

General: Upright, rounded mound of attractive, dissected blue-green foliage and stems of small yellow blooms. Has been cultivated as a condiment, medicinal herb or pest repellent. It may be consumed in small doses. Some people may be allergic to its oils.

Culinary Uses: Rue is not wildly used for culinary applications it can be used in salads. It can also be used in teas or infusion and can be sipped to calm nerves, increase the appetite or to ease croupy symptoms. An oil can be made with Rue and applied to areas suffering from sciatica or to ease chest congestion.

Medicinal Uses: Rue has been used to relieve the pain associated with the physical symptoms of complaints such as gout, rheumatism, and sciatica. Along with alleviating the uncomfortable effects of gas and colic, rue was thought to expel worms from the body. It has been used to promote menstruation. It is also used as a digestive tonic and to stimulate the appetite.

Ornamental: Rue has little yellow flowers and green-grey stems and leaves that can be found in culinary and medicinal herb gardens, butterfly habitats and growing of its own accord along roadways.

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