Common Rue (Ruta graveolens)

Pretty, evergreen hardy perennial reaching 65cm/26” high with rounded lobed leaves and yellowy-green flowers.  Prefers a well-drained, sunny position.

Powerful, bitter oil in leaves can be used to as a disinfectant or insect repellent.

Works well as a border plant, and can be trimmed in late spring as a loose hedge – is said to be useful at keeping cats off garden beds.


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