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A picture of a Rue


Ruta spp.

Ruta chalepensis ce by Xemenendura (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Rue

A photo of Rue
Some yellow Ruta flowers and green leaves
Some yellow Ruta flowers and green leaves
A close up of some yellow Ruta flowers

Rue Overview

Ruta is a genus of shrubs or woody perennials in the rue or citrus family native to the Mediterranean and parts of Southwestern Asia. They are strongly scented plants with grey-green divided feathery leaves and yellow flowers. Cultivated species include Ruta graveolens, a bushy, evergreen shrub with aromatic glaucus foliage and broad pinnate leaves that will thrive in a hot, dry position.

How to propagate Rue


You can propagate by division in the spring or from semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.


Special features of Rue

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Rue

Grown for their foliage and flowers and sometimes used as a medicinal herb. Suitable for coastal conditions.