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Question: I bought a plant name of mountain rue. What do I do with it? What exposer does it like? I cannot find any thing about this plant in my gardening books. How tall does it get?

Answer: Without the botanical (Latin) name, I'm going to assume that you have Ruta montana. Plants in this genus are native to dry rocky places such as the Mediterranean, so they are not very fussy about soil richness, but do need good drainage. They also take full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. Moderate water although it may be able to tolerate drought. It grows to about 3 feet tall and half as wide. Ruta graveolens is a more common variety that appears in many books, so you could follow its care recommendations for guidelines. Good luck!

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