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. Full sun to light shade. Woody-based perennial; Zones 4 or 5 to 8 or 9.
2022-collected seeds are sold out. I hope to collect again in August 2023. At least 12 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.
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