Ruta grown as an ornamental plant and as an herb.
|1||Herb-of-grace, Ruta Graveolens, Satap – Plant|
|2||5 inch (13 cm) Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)|
Ruta graveolens, commonly called rue, is native to southern Europe. It is a glabrous, glaucous, woody-based, shrubby perennial with aromatic, fern-like, compound leaves. Pinnately divided, blue-green leaves have oblong/spatulate segments. The foliage has a pungent aroma when bruised and leaves have a bitter taste.
Small, 4- to 5-petaled, dull yellow flowers in clusters (flattened corymbs) bloom above the foliage in early summer. The fruit is a brown seed capsule. The ornamental value lies in the delicate blue-green foliage.
|Plant Height||12 inch (30 cm)|
|Plant Spread||4 inch (10 cm)|
|Common Name||rue, common rue or herb-of-grace|
|Maximum Reachable Height||Up to 45-60 cm|
|Bloom Time||Late summer.|
|Difficulty Level||easy to grow|
Planting And Care
Avoid wet soils. Winter mulch is important in the northern parts of this plant, s growing range. Prune back plants to old wood in early spring. Propagate by seed or cuttings.
Easily grown in moderately fertile, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Plants tolerate some light shade. Plants also tolerate poor soils as long as they are sharply drained. Drought tolerant once established. Plants perform well in hot and dry sites.
|Temperature||23 to 30 Degree Celsius|
|Fertilizer||Apply any organic fertilizer|
- It is also used to dye wool
- According to Ayurveda, the plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, epilepsy, convulsions, insanity, hysteria, fever, febrile fits, indigestion, colic and poison stings
- Seeds can be used for porridge
- The bitter leaf can be added to eggs, cheese, fish, or mixed with damson plums and wine to produce a meat sauce