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Ruta graveolens

Rue, Herb-of-Grace
Rutaceae
Herbs, Perennials

Growing to 2–3 ft. tall and wide, with aromatic, ferny-looking blue-green leaves, this native of southeastern Europe has small, greenish yellow flowers that are followed by decorative brown seed capsules.

‘Jackman’s Blue’ is a dense and compact plant, with a fine gray-blue color. ‘Blue Mound’ and ‘Curly Girl’ are more compact still.

Sow seeds in flats; transplant to 1 ft. apart. Rue needs good garden soil; add lime to strongly acid soil. Cut back in early spring to encourage bushiness. Dry seed clusters for use in wreaths or swags.

 

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