Thought to be a protector against witchcraft and absorber of negative energy, this aromatic perennial can be used sparingly in cooking, but can be toxic in large doses and contact with the skin can cause photosensitivity.
- Magical herb
- Pollen for bees
- Easy to maintain
An old and important medicinal herb, rue is strong and distinctive and has not enjoyed use in more recent times because of the need to use it with care. The attractive lobed blue/green leaves have long been used for purification and cleansing ceremonies and it is thought to absorb negative energy. It is disliked by cats.
- Height: 60-100cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Yellow
- Flowering period: July - August
An easy perennial to grow in a sunny site, rue is happy either in the ground or pots. In the winter the top leaves and stems tend to become quite bedraggled by the weather, but by March it is showing signs of new growth along the lower parts of the stem, the old top growth can then be cut back. Rue can make the skin sensitive to sunlight and there have been instances of people suffering burns whilst gardening with bare arms next to rue - with this in mind it is better planted away from paths and thoroughfares.
The flavour of rue is strong and distinctive and has not been a popular addition to food in more recent times. It is still popular in the drink ‘Grappa Ruta’ an Italian rue infused wine and in some African countries. It has a reputation as a protector against witchcraft and is used as a purifier as it is thought to absorb negative energy.
It has been used extensively as a medicinal herb to help regulate the menstrual cycle and soothing the muscles of the digestive system, easing griping spasms in the bowel. Rue oil is a powerful abortifacient and the plant should be avoided during pregnancy.
Herbs are usually dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays via a 24hr courier service, within 2-4 days of placing your order. Please note that at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.