Native to Europe, likely to the Mediterranean region, rue now grows in many parts of the world, including Latin America. It is often cultivated as a garden ornamental and as a medicinal plant. Rue is a strongly aromatic evergreen perennial that grows to about three feet.
The small, erect bush produces shoots that are a pale green and appear to be covered in oil glands. It also produces small yellow flowers; its fruit contains rutin, the volatile oil that gives it a bitter taste. The aerial parts are gathered in the summer. The uses and the plant have been around for a very long time.
Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight after ingestion.
Latin Name: Ruta graveolens
Common Names: Herb-of-Grace, Countryman's Treacle, Herbygrass
Form: Cut & Sifted
Origin: United States
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