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Peganum harmala (Syrian Rue)

Seeds, Powdered from Iran (SKU 0522)

Powdered Syrian Rue seeds, from Iran. Some countries CITES regulations do not allow importing Syrian Rue seeds, or seeds in general. For that purpose we have Rue seeds available in this powdered (and unregulated) form. 

Peganum harmala is a weed and wasteland species, member of the Zygophyllaceae (Caltrop family). Native to the deserts of India whose range stretches through the Gobi desert into the former Soviet Union. Native to the Mediterranean and central Asia. It is is a desert plant.

Growing from a perennial woody rootstock, Peganum harmala is a bright-green, densely foliaged, herbaceous succulent. Although its smooth many-branched stems may have a spread of 120 cm or more, the plant is rarely over 60cm tall and generally appears round and bushy in habit. Its leaves are 6cm long, born singly and finely divided into long narrow segments. Each year between June and August, P. harmala produces many single white conspicuous flowers. Measuring 2 to 4 cm across, these relatively large and showy blooms have five oblong-elliptic petals as well as five narrow sepals of slightly longer length. Each flower has the potential to develop into a fruit. A leathery, three valved seed capsule that stands erect on its stalk. Each capsule measures about 1cm in diameter and contains more than fifty dark-brown, angular seeds.

Cultivation is easy. Sow seed in very sandy soil. Provide shade for the first year, then plant out in sunny, dry location. Will tolerate freezing. Space plants 50 cm apart. Grows 60 cm tall.

Syrian Rue has strong-smelling seeds that are burned in ceremonial fires. Produces a light, distinctly scented smoke when burnt on charcoal disks. It is used as an air as well as mind purifier, perhaps linked to its entheogenic properties, and mostly as a charm against "The Evil Eye".

This item is not allowed in the following countries:

Australia, France, Norway, Poland, Reunion, Ukraine, Taiwan

This natural product is delivered with no expressed or implied fitness for any specific purpose. It is simply a raw botanical specimen. The product is packaged as botanical specimen and is not intended, branded, labelled, or marketed as a consumer product.

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