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Common rue

Ruta graveolens

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Rue is an evergreen shrub with an upright, rounded form and cool, ferny blue-green foliage. Clusters of cup-shaped, four-petaled yellow flowers appear in summer.

CareGrow in moderately fertile, very well-drained soil. Thrives in hot, dry sites.

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsPhytophthora root rot.

  • Genus : Ruta
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Dry
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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