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Common Name: Egyptian Rue
Ruta chalepensis is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 0.75 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
The berries are purgative[
Europe - Mediterranean.
Rocky places, woods, dry banks and thickets[
], usually on limestone[
Succeeds in any good open soil[
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[
The bruised foliage releases a somewhat foetid smell like wet fur, but with slightly sweeter undertones[
Sold in local markets[
]. This report probably refers to its use as a medicinal plant[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
The leaves are used as a condiment[
The plant is abortifacient, anthelmintic, emmenagogue and ophthalmic[
A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of paralysis, coughs and stomach aches[
The leaves have been heated then placed inside the ear to treat earache[
An essential oil obtained from the leaves is used in perfumery and as a food flavouring[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame.