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    Common Rue

    Ruta graveolens

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    Common Rue (Ruta graveolens) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Common Rue in bloom

    Common Rue in bloom

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Common Rue (Ruta graveolens) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Common Rue foliage

    Common Rue foliage

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  30 inches

    Spread:  24 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  4a

    Ornamental Features

    Common Rue's attractive fragrant round bipinnately compound leaves remain grayish green in colour throughout the year. It has masses of beautiful cymes of yellow flowers at the ends of the stems in mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Common Rue is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Self-Seeding

    Common Rue is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • General Garden Use
    • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
    • Herb Gardens

    Planting & Growing

    Common Rue will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

    This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Garden  Naturalizing  Herb 
    Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
    Ornamental Features

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