Scientific Name: Ruta graveolens

Plant Characteristics: This plant is a rounded evergreen shrub with fragrant blue-green leaves.

Plant Uses: 

Spiritual: Rue was sometimes known as the “Herb of Grace,” and was used to sprinkle holy water in churches. The plant was also used as a part of charms to ward off evil spirits and witches.

Medicinal: This plant was thought to improve vision. Rue was also used to treat ailments of old age, such as stiff joints.

Fun Fact: In early history, Rue was a symbol of repentance.

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