Growing Rue

Growing Herbs : Growing Rue

Rue is an herb that is commonly used in making tea and should be planted in well draining soil with vermiculite. Learn how to grow rue in your herb garden in this free video.

Stan DeFreitas
Bio: Stan DeFreitas, also known as “Mr. Green Thumb”, has experience as an urban horticulturist working for the Pinellas County Extension Service and has taught horticulture at the St. Petersburg College.
Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz


  1. contessa67

    Isn’t rue poisonous in large doses? And can’t it cause burns and blisters like poison ivy?

  2. Livens


    Yes and Yes. Alot of plants are dangerous if you eat massive amounts of them. Rue got a bad name because people were concentrating rue extract and using it to abort pregnancies. Taking large amounts of the essential oils like that is very dangerous.

    And some people’s skin is sensitive to the oil. But then I know many people who break out from exposure to ordinary grass clippings.

    I would say rue is just as safe as rosemary when used with common sense.

  3. Ana Cardenas

    I use Rue for ear ache. It grows fast and it has a strong smell, but it is a pretty plant.

  4. Lynn Burkey

    Rue has an oil that back in the day gave me blisters that lasted for two months. I found out the key is to not handle it when the sun’s out and the plant is secreting oil. You have to be careful with it. Needless to say, I haven’t grown it since.

  5. sore fields

    You wanta be the best at growing herbs? You gots lots to learns peeps


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