Botanical Name(s): Ruta graveolens
Popular Name(s): Rue, Garden Rue, German Rue, Herb-Of-Grace, Countryman's Treacle, Herbygrass
Parts Used: Herb
Habitat: Common rue is found in Europe.
Description: Common rue is a hardy, evergreen plant with a woody stem at the lower part. Its leaves are alternate, bipinnate or tripinnate, bluish-green in colour. The flowers, which blossom from June to September, are yellow in colour, with 4-5 petals and about 1 cm diameter. Its fruits are 4-5 lobed capsules containing numerous seeds.
Uses: Common rue has anthelmintic, antiseptic, antispasmodic and carminative properties. It is used to relieve pain in gout and rheumatism. It can be used as an ointment also for external use. Its infusion is used to eliminate worms.