Planting Rue Herbs In The Garden
The rue herbs (Ruta graveolens) are considered to be old fashioned herbs. While little known, growing rue herbs in the garden can be helpful to a gardener in a number of ways. Its strong smell is a repellent to many creatures, including dogs, cats and Japanese beetles. Because of this, it makes an excellent companion plant. Rue herbs have bluish-green, fernlike leaves that are bushy and compact. The flowers on the rue herbs are yellow with petals that are frilly on the edges and the center of the flower is normally green. Rue normally grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet tall. Rue herbs does well in a variety of soil but does best in well drained soil. In fact, it will do well in the rocky, dry soil that many other plants have a difficult time surviving. It needs full sun to grow well.
It is drought tolerant and rarely, if ever needs to be watered. Care should be taken when handling rue herbs. The sap of the rue plant is often irritating and can burn or leave rashes on people’s skin. Rue can be harvested and used in the house as an insect repellent. Simply cut some of the leaves and dry them, then put the dried leaves in cloth bags. These sachets can be placed where ever you need to repel bugs.