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Common Name: Mountain Rue
Ruta montana is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Although no records of toxicity have been seen for this species the following notes apply to at least one other member of the genus so some caution is advised.
All parts of this plant are poisonous in large quantities[
]. It should not be used at all by pregnant women since it can induce abortions[
]. The sap contains furanocoumarins, sensitizing the skin to light and causing blistering or dermatitis in sensitive people[
S.E. Europe to W. Asia and N. Africa.
Dry rocky places[
Succeeds in any good open soil[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
The leaves are used as a condiment[
An essential oil from the leaves is used in perfumery and as a food flavouring.
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[
], it can also be sown in early to mid spring in a cold frame[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of young shoots in late spring[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame[
]. Very easy[
Layering in early summer. Old plants often self-layer[