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Herb Seed

Product ID: 974

Lacy blue-green ornamental.

Bushy habit is ideal for short hedges or borders. Unique and attractive foliage makes a useful cut flower filler, lasting for up to three weeks in a vase. Pungent aroma. Limited culinary use due to strong bitter flavor. Medicinal: Warming herb primarily used as an antispasmodic. Perennial in Zones 4-9. Avg. 13,600 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.
Can be toxic when taken internally. Not for pregnant women. Consult a qualified medical practitioner before using. Contact with the foliage can result in a severe rash. When working with this crop on hot, sunny days, we recommend wearing long sleeves and long pants, and washing any exposed skin surfaces as soon as possible after contact.


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1/4 Ounce

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1 Ounce

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1/4 Pound

Item cannot be ordered at this time. Estimated availability Oct 30, 2022

1 Pound

Item cannot be ordered at this time. Estimated availability Oct 30, 2022
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SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow seeds 1/4- 3/8" deep in cells or flats about 7 weeks before the last frost. Keep moist and warm, 60-70°F (16-21°C). When large enough to handle, thin or transplant to larger cells. Grow inside until several inches tall, and then transplant outside to rows that are 18" apart, placing seedlings 12" apart in the North and 24" apart in the South.
Direct seed: In the spring, sow 6-12 seeds per foot, 1/4- 3/8" deep, in rows that are 18" apart, and later to a final spacing of 12-24" apart. Keep well weeded until the plants are large enough to compete well with the weeds.


Any well-drained or sandy soil with a pH of 5.8-8.0.




HARVEST: Harvest before it comes into flower. Rue should not be taken internally without consulting a qualified medical practitioner, as it can be highly toxic. Consumption may be especially dangerous to pregnant women.

Prune annually in the early spring, after the new shoots start breaking. Self-sows readily. Rue can also be started by stem cuttings or root division in the spring.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ruta graveolens

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Ruta graveolens

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

100 - 125 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated

Product Features

Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.

Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets