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RUE   Ruta graveolens
Butterfly Host or Larval Food Plant
Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes and
Eastern Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

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Rue (Ruta graveolens) host or larval food plant for Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Rue Ruta graveolens

Rue Ruta graveolens

Botanical Name: Ruta graveolens

Common Name: Rue

Plant type: Herb

Light: Full sun to light shade



Water: Dry soil

Soil: Average soil

Propagation: Seed, cuttings, layering

Host for:

Egg Note: Eggs are small smooth green balls laid normally on the underneath although sometimes on the top side of a leaf. Eggs turn darker before hatching.

Caterpillar: Young caterpillars are black and white, resembling a bird dropping. Older caterpillars are green, brown, or black, depending on species and age of caterpillar.