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    (Wikipedia) - Ruta For the Polish village, see Ruta, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. Ruta Scientific classification Species
    Ruta chalepensis, fringed rue
    Kingdom: Plantae
    (unranked): Angiosperms
    (unranked): Eudicots
    (unranked): Rosids
    Order: Sapindales
    Family: Rutaceae
    Subfamily: Rutoideae
    Tribe: Ruteae
    Genus: Ruta L.

    8–40 species, including:

    • Ruta angustifolia – Egyptian rue
    • Ruta chalepensis – fringed rue
    • Ruta corsica – Corsican rue
    • Ruta graveolens – common rue
    • Ruta montana – mountain rue
    • Ruta patavina – rue of Padua
    Ruta angustifolia - MHNT

    Ruta, (commonly known as rue), is a genus of strongly scented evergreen subshrubs 20–60 cm tall, in the family Rutaceae, native to the Mediterranean region, Macaronesia and southwest Asia. There are perhaps 8 to 40 species in the genus. The most well-known species is Ruta graveolens, (rue or common rue).

    The leaves are bipinnate or tripinnate, with a feathery appearance, and green to strongly glaucous blue-green in colour. The flowers are yellow, with 4–5 petals, about 1 cm diameter, and borne in cymes. The fruit is a 4–5 lobed capsule, containing numerous seeds.

    Medicinal usesEffect of common rue on skin in hot weather

    Extracts from rue have been used to treat eyestrain, sore eyes, and as insect repellent. Rue has been used internally as an antispasmodic, as a treatment for menstrual problems, as an abortifacient, and as a sedative. Ruta graveolens and Ruta chalepensis are often confused in scientific literature.


    Caution should be taken with using rue topically. Applied to the skin with sun exposure, the oil and leaves can cause blistering. Some people are much more sensitive than others.

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