Rue (Ruta graveolens)
It is not related to Syrian Rue, though it bears a similarity of appearance.
Common. Ruta graveolens was grown throughout the world as an ornamental plant in gardens by humanity.
- Food: Rue does have a culinary use if used sparingly, however it is incredibly bitter and severe gastric discomfort may be experienced by some individuals.
- Medicinal: Key ingredient in homemade herbal cough syrup, when mashed with caramelized sugar and honey. Rue contains pilocarpine which is used to induce abortion.
- Insect repellent, cat repellent.
Exposure to Common Rue, or herbal preparations derived from it, can cause severe phytophotodermatitis which results in burn-like blisters on the skin.