What is a common rue plant?
Characteristics of common rue (Ruta graveolens)
Common English name: Rue, common rue, herb-of-grace
Common rue leaves
Scientific name: Ruta graveolens L. Ruta comes from Latin “Rudis” (=coarse) Graveolens comes from Latin (“Gravis+olere” =Strong smell)
Description of rue
Common 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.
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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21 February, 2022