Rue – Nectar and Host Plant Together

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Rue, Ruta graveolens, is an almost perfect nectar and host plant for the butterfly garden. It’s pretty, attracts butterflies with its yellow flowers and is a host plant for black swallowtails and occasionally giant swallowtail butterflies. It also will usually come back every year and reseeds freely.

It only has one flaw – it can cause a rash. I’ve never gotten the rash, but because of that potential problem I don’t recommend it for schools. I almost always wear gloves so that may have protected me somewhat. It even got a mention on an old Doc Martin episode, so the problem is real.


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One response to “Rue – Nectar and Host Plant Together

  1. Andrea

    Thanks for this information. I’m going to put my rue in the ground and see what happens. The rue rash was also mentioned on Downtown Abbey.

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