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Common rue (Ruta graveolens)

Common rue (Ruta graveolens)
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Seed quantity:
200 Pcs.
Botanical name:
R. hortensis, Ruta graveolens
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This particular spice is used in the kitchen in very small quantities, for example for fish soups. The sweet aromatic flavor of the common rue is difficult to describe, because it can not be easily compared to any other spice. It also gives many
Grappa preparations their characteristic aroma ("grappa con ruta"). In the ancient Roman cuisine, rue was very popular, yet today the plant is a culinary rarity. It has also been used in traditional medicine - both as a remedy, as well as for its abortifacient effect. Planted in your garden, it keeps cats away from certain places.
Ruta graveolens seed

Cultivation and sowing:
The rue needs light to germinate, so the seeds should not be covered with soil. In pre-culture in a seed bag at 20 ° C, the seed germinates within 1-3 weeks. The seedlings should be transplanted to small pots and be planted outdoors after the last freezing at a planting distance of about 30-40cm. Ruta graveolens grows well in a sunny spot with nutrient-rich, permeable and not too moist soil.
The common rue reseeds itself after a flowering period and can spread very erratically under good growth conditions. When pruning or removing the plant always wear gloves and protect your skin - in combination with sunlight, the common rue can cause severe skin irritation and dermatitis.

Details: Plant description & care

Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
20–80 cm
Flower colour:
Flowering period :
July, June, May
Water requirements:
Watering during dry periods
Lifecycle :
Winter hardy up to:
–15 °C

Sowing & cultivation

Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
April, March, May
Sowing time outdoors:
June, May
Sowing depth:
5 cm, Needs light to germinate
Best germination temperature :
18 – 20 °C
Germination time in days:
10 – 21
Planting distance approx.:
40 x 40 cm

Companion planting

Other names

German names:
Augenkraut, Augenraute, Edelraute, Gartenraute, Gertrudenkraut, Gnadenkraut, Kreuzraute, Pfingstwuttel, Totenkraut, Weinkraut
English names:
French names:
herbe à la belle fille, rue des jardins, rue vineuse


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