Rue; Ruta graveolens

Ruta graveolens

Synonymes :
Herb of Grace, Ruta
Rue (Wikipedia)

Ruta graveolens
Common rue
Die Weinraute, lat. Ruta graveolens, Pflanze mit den gelben Blüten.jpg
Common rue in flower
Scientific classification
R. graveolens
Binomial name
Ruta graveolens
Ruta graveolens distribution.svg

Ruta graveolens [L. strong smelling rue], commonly known as rue, common rue or herb-of-grace, is a species of Ruta grown as an ornamental plant and herb. It is native to the Balkan Peninsula. It is now grown throughout the world in gardens, especially for its bluish leaves, and sometimes for its tolerance of hot and dry soil conditions. It is also cultivated as a medicinal herb, as a condiment, and to a lesser extent as an insect repellent. It well known by most of Ethiopians still today

Rue (Wiktionary)


Alternative forms

  • rewe (obsolete)


  • IPA(key): /ɹuː/
  • Rhymes: -uː
  • Homophones: roo, roux

Etymology 1

From Middle English rewe, reowe, from Old English hrēow (sorrow, regret, penitence, repentance, penance), from Proto-West Germanic *hreuwu (pain, sadness, regret, repentance), from Proto-Indo-European *krew-, *krow-, *krows- (

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