(Ruta graveolens ‘Jackman’s Blue’)
An attractive shrub with blue fern-like foliage and contrasting yellow flowers.
Rue is not a culinary plant but can be used in potpourri. It has been used as a medicinal plant since the times of Hippocrates.
The foliage can be used as a deterrent in potpourri and mixed with lavender flowers and placed in sachets in cupboards and drawers. Any medicinal uses should only be done in full consultation of a trained professional. However, in the Middle Ages it was used to ward off the evil eye and protect against witchcraft. This can be done in the 21st century without expert guidance. Do not consume.
Rue prefers an exposed sunny position in well drained, limey soil but will grow in most soils and garden beds.
Regular applications of Seasol and PowerFeed in spring and autumn will keep the plants healthy and growing well.
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