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Fact sheet: Rue

Scientific Name: Ruta graveolens
Common Name(s):Rue

Categories: Herbs, Poisonous Plants
Comment: Decorative plant; bitter leaves added to salads, sandwiches,vinegar; crafts
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Description: Small, bluish, shrublike, perennial herb; leaves alternate, simple, aromatic when bruised, deeply lobed and appearing 2-pinnately divided, gland-dotted; flowers small, yellow, 4-5-parted, in terminal, erect clusters; fruit a capsule
Light: Sun
Height: 3 ft.
Space: 12-18 in.
Hardiness:Perennial
Propagation: Grow from seed, stem cuttings, or division
Family: Rutaceae
Origin: Europe
Distribution: Piedmont
Poison Part: All parts
Poison Delivery Mode: Ingestion, dermatitis
Symptoms: Skin irritation following contact and sunlight; ingestion causes stomach pain, vomiting, exhaustion, confusion, and convulsions; may be fatal
Toxic Principle: Furocoumarins; rutin, a volatile oil; alkaloids; coumarin derivatives
Severity: HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN! SKIN IRRITATION MINOR OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
Found in: Landscape as cultivated herbaceous perennial small shrub; forest or natural areas when escaped and naturalized; weedy in disturbed areas

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