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Growing Information:

Rue

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Direct or Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun

PLANT HEIGHT: 24-36"

PLANT SPACING: 12-24"

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 4-9

Habitat and Description


Growing Rue
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS

Rue is a semi-evergreen herb that can be grown in poor soil, and once it's established it is VERY drought tolerant even in hot dry areas and rocky soil. It's hardy to Zone 4, but should be mulched in the winter. Full sun and a very well drained soil are the best for rue. Seed can be sown at 68 degrees on the surface of the soil. It's germination could be rather erratic and will take from a week to a month. It does self-seed so be sure to deadhead plants to prevent spreading. Rue will grow to about 3 foot tall. It's often used in knot gardens and as a hedge because it can be pruned into shape. Pruning should be done in the spring or after flowering.



Rue


The benefits of Rue

Rue is considered a "calmative" substance that soothes the nerves and reduces tension and anxiety, since it has a direct effect on the nervous system. It is thought to be effective in cases of nervous heart problems (including palpitations), hysterical spasms and nervous headaches. Rue has been used by herbalists for giddiness, Hysteria, nightmares, convulsions, confusion, dizziness, vertigo and epilepsy and is also said to be useful for nervous disturbances due to female irregularities.

As an antispasmodic, Rue is believed to help relieve cramps in the bowels, stomach and muscles, as well as menstrual cramps, and generally relax overall spasms. Rue is considered strongly stimulant that is a tonic for the digestive system. The herb has been used for centuries to relieve stomach cramps due to nervous indigestion, pep up the appetite and alleviate gas and Colic. It is also said to induce bile production, which is also important to the digestive process.

Rue is thought to be a circulatory tonic that supports good cardiovascular health. The flavonoid, rutin, is an agent that reduces capillary fragility and is also known to strengthen capillaries, reduce Blood pressure and increase Circulation and blood flow to the heart. Herbalists use Rue to control abnormal Blood pressure. That same action also strengthens the capillaries in the eyes, thus improving eyesight and sharpening vision (supporting the historical use of the herb for failing eyesight). This quality is also useful in preventing and easing Varicose veins.





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