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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 2 to 3 feet (61-91cm)
Plant Spread: 1 to 2 feet (30-61cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Semi-evergreen
Malodorous
Other: Host plant for Giant Swallowtail & Black Swallowtail Butterflies
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: 7-21 at 70-75°
Depth to plant seed: 1/8 inch
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Awards and Recognitions: Other: National Plant of Lithuania

20 year old tough plant on the street side of my town house..

ATP Podcast #12: Gardening for Birds, Bees, and ButterfliesATP Podcast #12: Gardening for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies
By dave on April 3, 2013

Join us for an exciting episode where we talk all about birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. We discuss how to attract and take care of these wonderful creatures, including what plants to grow. We also include a collection of tips and ideas for your flying friends.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 9:37 PM

Rue (Ruta graveolens) is a very attractive herb with delicate blue-green leaves. It is a larval host plant for several swallowtail butterfly species, including the Black Swallowtail and Giant Swallowtail Butterflies. Rue also reportedly helps to repel Japanese beetles and flies. Although the use of rue for culinary purposes has declined in modern times, it remains an attractive choice as a companion plant and as a butterfly host plant.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 19, 2016 10:13 PM

National flower of Lithuania.

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