Common rue characteristics

What is a common rue plant?

Characteristics of common rue (Ruta graveolens)

Common English name: Rue, common rue, herb-of-grace

Common rue leavesCommon rue leaves

Scientific name: Ruta graveolens L. Ruta comes from Latin “Rudis” (=coarse) Graveolens comes from Latin (“Gravis+olere” =Strong smell)

*See: Common rue in other languages

Family: Rutaceae

Description of rue

Common rue flower detailCommon rue flower detail

Evergreen shrub plant up to 150 cm tall.

Stems erect, branched.

Yellowish-green, fleshy leaves very divided and equipped with glands that give it its distinctive odor not overly friendly.

Flowers up to 2 cm with slightly serrated petals. Fruit in capsule.

It blooms from May to September, being the summer the time when it is in full bloom.

Habitat: In Mediterranean drylands, in slopes and walls. Sometimes cultivated as a garden plant, it can be found near houses,

Applications of common rue

Used extensively in the kitchen as a spice, it was often planted in gardens or fields, so it may appear naturalized in some fields or abandoned lands.

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This article was endorsed by Julián Masats - Technical agricultural engineer specialized in horticulture and gardening.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

21 February, 2022

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