Common name: Rue
Scientific name: Pimpinella anisum
Uses: Decorative, culinary, medicinal.Attractive flowers. Use for drying. Use for dye (yellow; green). Use in containers. Use in marinades and sauces. Said to have some medicinal uses.
History: Sometimes referred to as the Herb-of-Grace, the shape of this plant
Description: Leaves are blue-green and have small rounded lobes. The stem is round and chalky and tends to become woody. The roots are cream colored and fibrous.
Plant type: Perennial
Hardiness: Hardiness zone 4-9
Height: 2 feet
Width: typically less than 2 feet
Light: Full sun
Soil: well drained, poor-moderate fertility soil with an alkaline pH
Cultivation: Thin or transplant to 18 inches. Prune in late spring. During severe winters provide protection.
Companion planting: Planting Rue next to cucumbers will reduce cucumber beetles. Next to roses and raspberries it will reduce Japanese beetles.
Propagation: Division or cuttings.
Flowering period: June to August
Flower color: yellow-greenish
Harvesting: Pick young leaves just before the flowers open.