The Q&A Archives: What is Aruda?

Question: Aruda is a plant from Brazil. What is the name in the USA and where can I find it?

Answer: Arruda is Portuguese for Rue(Ruta graveolens), a bitter tasting culinary herb, generally mixed with other herbs and used as a cooking spice. Although it can be be used sparingly in
sandwiches, salads, and stews, it is maily grown for its
ornamental value. Its upright habit and 2- to 3-feet height
make it an excellent low hedge for the herb garden or flower bed. The seed heads can be dried for use in flower

The plants are shrubby, semi-evergreen, and grow to 3 feet
tall. The most striking features are the blue green foliage
and the yellow flowers that appear in cluster from summer
through fall.

This perennial can be started from seed, or you may prefer
to buy plants at a garden center. Rue prefers a well-
drained, loamy soil in full sun, although it will tolerate
poor soil in light shade. Pick branches for flower
arrangements during the summer and hang them upside down to
dry. Allow seed pods to dry on the plant, but harvest
before they open. Your rue plants may need pruning in late
spring; cut them back to the new growth.

Seeds are available from Thompson & Morgan, Inc. Phone 800-274-7333.

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