Ruta graveolens ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Rue) [12 Seeds]


Germination Information: Surface-sow the seeds in a pot, indoors in a warm, bright spot, in spring. Germination usually takes a few weeks. When the plants are an inch or two tall, transplant them to individual pots, then plant them out in the garden in midsummer.

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Common rue (Ruta graveolens) is beautiful as it is, but ‘Variegata’ (also known as ‘Harlequin’) takes it to a new level, with irregular, creamy white markings on the powder-blue foliage. The markings tend to be most noticeable in spring and fall, when temperatures are cool, possibly disappearing in summer. The intensity of the variegation varies from plant to plant, on shrubby, 2-foot-tall and -wide clumps that produce yellow flowers in summer. As with common rue,  be careful working around the plant out in the garden, because there’s a possibility of developing severe blistering on your skin if you get the foliage oil on your skin and then expose it to sunlight. It’s a good idea to to wear gloves when you give the stems a spring trim (or wash with soap and water right away), and to keep the plants away from sites where an unwary child or other garden visitor might touch the leaves. As with the ordinary common rue, variegated common rue is a host plant for swallowtail butterfly larvae. Full sun to light shade. Woody-based perennial; Zones 4 or 5 to 8 or 9.

Collected in August 2023. At least 12 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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