Peganum Harmala (Syrian Rue) – Live Plant- FREE SHIPPING


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Peganum Harmala, also known as harmal or Syrian rue, is a bright green perennial that is native to the eastern Mediterranean through to eastern India. World Seed Supply is proud to offer these rare plants as raising them from seed is difficult. In the Middle East, particularly Iran, Syrian rue has been considered sacred since pre-Islamic times and has served a wide variety of purposes. Paganum harmala is believed to purify both the mind and air. In Turkey, dried syrian rue plants are hung as protection against the “evil eye”. Syrian rue seeds are also used to make a textile dye called Turkish Red. In Iran, peganum harmala seeds have long been used for smudging as part of the incense. Syrian rue plants and seeds have also been used medicinally and as a spice. In high doses, peganum harmala has been used to induce abortion. Despite its purported medicinal uses, Syrian rue seeds can be extremely dangerous to ingest because they contain MAOIs that can prevent the breakdown of toxic substances, rendering certain foods and medicines toxic. The Syrian rue plant was reportedly introduced into the U.S. in 1935 after a traveler fascinated by the seeds he found on a trip to Europe took them home and planted them in New Mexico. His Srue seeds escaped cultivation and can now be found growing wild in several western states. The Syrian rue plant rarely grows above one meter, eventually blooming five-petaled white flowers that give way to partitioned seed capsules containing numerous seeds. Syrian rue seeds can be harvested by allowing the capsules to dry and harden in the sun. THESE ARE ORGANICALLY GROWN.

Growing Information: Syrian rue prefers an alkaline soil with good drainage. A mixture of half sand and half soil is suitable. Peganum harmala plants are very sensitive and have a tendency to turn yellow. Epsom salt may help in this case. Syrian rue plants are best suited for outdoor growth. If growing in pots, choose a tray or troft type container with plenty of surface area.

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**Buyer is responsible for frozen plants. USPS is heated, so the plant will be fine unless you leave it at your door too long. But if you are in a cold area and cannot get the plant right away, signature confirmation can be added to the shipping cost. They will hold the plant until you pick it up.

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