- Needs full sun to grow well.
- It is drought tolerant and rarely, if ever needs to be watered.
- Rue has a long history of use as a domestic remedy, being especially valued for its strengthening action on the eyes.
- The plant contains flavonoids (notably rutin) that reduce capillary fragility, which might explain the plants reputation as an eye strengthener.
- Day to Maturity | 75 days
**Warning**Although rue is safe when used correctly, it is considered a toxic herb that can cause side effects such as severe rashes, mood swings, sensitivity to light, stomach pains, dizziness, liver and kidney damage, sleep disorders & muscle spasms.
Rue is typically added to foods and used as a medicinal herb, however, people with the following conditions should avoid rue:
- Breastfeeding Women
- Rue contains emmenagogue effects, thus an ingredient to trigger menstruation. It also contains abortifacient effects, which can cause miscarriage if used by pregnant women. Use rue with caution because it can cause death. Children should not use rue in any way or form.
- Kidney and Liver Problems:
- Individuals suffering from urinary tract problems, kidney or liver problems should not use rue as food or medicine. Rue can irritate these body parts making your problems worse. Stomach and Intestinal Problems: Avoid rue if you have inflammatory bowel disease or colitis, or ulcers.