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Ruta graveolens 'Variegata'

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Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ruta (ROO-tuh) (Info)
Species: graveolens (grav-ee-OH-lens) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

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Category:
Herbs
Perennials
Shrubs

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Variegated
Aromatic

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive saya On Aug 25, 2006, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

It is growing more wild and taller than Jackman's Blue. The variegated foliage can disappear somewhat further in the season or if it has 'nt enough sunshine..but it will always return in the next season. It can be trimmed very good ..but don't trim away all the foliage. The funny thing is ..seedlings are variegated too.

Never plant Rue near your path ways or where it is easy to touch. Some people are allergic to rue and get a skin rash from handling the plant. Especially on hot days, just brushing against rue can cause water blisters and blotchy skin, much like poison ivy. For some people, ingestion causes increased photosensitivity and can lead to severe sunburn. Ingesting large amounts of rue can cause violent stomach pain, vomiting, and convulsions. Pregnant women should never ingest rue.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mansfield Center, Connecticut



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