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Can I grow Common Rue in Calgary?

Posted by ostrich 3a AB (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 4, 14 at 20:05

I just received a very nice Common Rue in a pot from my family in BC. I love this plant! Not only does it look good, it can be used as a herb too:

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However, can I grow this in the ground here in Calgary? Or does it need to stay in the pot over winter? I have tried to search for this information online but I have not had much luck so far. I would very much appreciate your advice - thank you!


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RE: Can I grow Common Rue in Calgary?

Not sure how it will fair the winters but they are a great host for lots of butterflies. You may find you will need more to feed all the caterpillars, if you so choose.

SCG


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RE: Can I grow Common Rue in Calgary?

That looks a lot like Artemisia "Powis Castle", and I know that one is hardy....so if your rue plant doesn't make it, try Artemisia. It got a bit weedy for me and I didn't like the smell, so I don't have it in my garden anymore.


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RE: Can I grow Common Rue in Calgary?

  • Posted by pudge 2/3 Sask (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 5, 14 at 22:57

It appears to be about a Zone 4 hardiness. Certainly worth trying if you have a nice and sunny protected spot near the foundation. Seeds are always available at Richter's Herbs

Here is a link that might be useful: Richter's


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RE: Can I grow Common Rue in Calgary?

Thanks so much, pudge! I appreciate the information and will see whether I have a spot for it, or whether I should leave it in the pot to overwinter. My problem is that all of the areas by the foundation are south facing - though it's very sunny, there is hardly any snow cover during winter so it may not be the best spot for borderline plants. Let me think about that more. Thanks again!


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