Hardy, shrub with blue-green feathery leaves and yellow flowers. The whole plant repels cats and insects. Care must be taken when working with Rue as the juice from the stem.

Shrub. H:60cm W:50cm. 12cm, 17cm.




In the garden:

Growth Characteristics:
• Perennial, Evergreen, Frost tolerant.
• Use as a low hedge in knot gardens.

• ± 1m; Spread: ±80cm

• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.

• Handling the plant may cause allergic skin reactions, use gloves if necessary.
• Pick fresh leaves and flowers throughout the year to make an insecticidal infusion, or
• Dry leaves for later use.

Companion Planting:
• Use as an insect repellant spray on ornamentals and edible crops.
• Ornamentals: Roses.
• Fruits: Raspberries.
• Herbs: Plant with Lavender.
• Do not plant with: Figs, Cabbage, Cucumber, Basil, Sage.


Health benefits:

• Excess affects central nervous system and may prove fatal.
• Over dosage can lead to contact dermatitis, sleep disorders, vertigo, delirium, fainting, tremor, spasm, liver damage, kidney damage, depression, vomiting, epigastric pain, fatal
• outcome especially for pregnant women attempting abortion, low pulse, clammy skin, photosensitivity.

Rue may be beneficial in the following cases:

Nervous System
• Relieves tension headaches, especially due to strained eyes.
• Infuse to bath tired eyes.
• Ease palpitations and other anxiety problems.

Respiratory System
• Ease spasmodic coughs.

Cardiovascular System
• Increases peripheral circulation, strengthens capillaries.
• Lowers elevated blood pressure.

Digestive system
• Anti-spasmodic, Ease griping and bowel tension.

Reproductive System
• Regulation of menstrual periods, to bring on suppressed menses.
• CAUTION: Avoid during pregnancy.

Musculo / Skeletal System
• Rheumatic pain,

Preparation and dosage:
• 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup hot water, infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk 3 times per day.

• 1-4 ml of the tincture 3 times per day.


Repellant for:

• Aphids, Fish moths, Flea beetle, Japanese beetle, Onion maggaot, Slugs and Snails, Flies.