Ruta graveolens | SKU: 1251
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$3.75 to $6.56
  • Perennial in zones 4-9
  • Plants grow to 2 feet tall
  • Pungent aroma and yellow flowers
  • Grows well in containers

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.

$3.75 to $6.56

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Item Details

Rue is native to the Balkan Peninsula. The bitter taste of the herb rue has led to it being associated with the verb rue "to regret". It is mentioned in folklore and meieval handbooks on wellness but is now used primarily as an ornamental plant.

Learn to Grow Rue

Start Indoors: 10-12 weeks before last frost

Germination: 14-21 Days

Plant Outdoors: 12-24” Apart

Light: Full Sun

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just beneath surface of soil. Seeds need to be kept above 70°F for germination. Transplant outdoors after danger of frost has passed in late spring. Prefers well- drained poor soil. Oil from Rue leaves may cause a photosensitive skin reaction in some. Use caution when brushing against leaves on warm sunny days.

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Hard-To-Find Swallowtail Host Plant!


Thrilled to find rue seeds online at Seedsavers. This tough-as-nails perennial isndispensable in my Zone 5 butterfly garden! This host plant not only attracts Eastern Black Swallowtails but also Giant Swallowtails. The blue-green foliage and shrub-like form makes an excellent backdrop to my other plants Best of all, the critters avoid it to the benefit of the other nearby plants. It does take a couple of years to reach its full potential as in this photo, and I transplanted the original seedlings in groups of 5 a few inches apart to achieve the nice full shrubby effect. I cut the old stems to within 4 inches or so of the soil each spring and I prune to reshape the clumps as needed late season. Thank you, Seedsavers, for carrying this hard to find variety!