©2001 Ruth B. McDowell

Ruta Graveolens "This shrubby plant, whose elder branches are tough and woody, having smooth blueish greenish leaves, divided into a certain number of oval sections, which are somewhat thick and fat, and round-pointed at the end, abiding all winter. The flowers grow on the tops of the younger shoots, consisting usually of four yellow, hollow, scooplike leaves, torn in about the edges, and having eight yellow stamina encompassing a roundish green head, cut as it were into four parts..." - Culpeper's Complete Herbal 1652

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