Syrian Rue

Peganum harmala

From ancient times, Syrian rue has been an important medicinal plant with antibacterial, antifungal, and monoamine oxidase inhibition properties. Its seeds possess hypothermic and hallucinogenic effects and is currently used by the Jordanian population as an aphrodisiac and fertility-promoting agent.

Water: Drought Tolerant

Hardiness: Frost hardy, but dies back each Winter


Habit: A 1 to 3’ tall perennial herb with a woody underground root-stock that dies back each Winter

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Usually grows in saline soils in temperate desert and Mediterranean regions, so quite a tough, xeric plant!

Origin: Wide area stretching from Morocco, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Romania, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Western Mongolia, and Northern China

Syrian Rue