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Peganum harmala (Syrian Rue)

Seeds, Whole from Pakistan (SKU 3964)

Excellent quality viable Syrian Rue seeds, collected from the wild in northern Pakistan. They have been carefully sieved to remove all dust and soil. Harvested November 2018.



Peganum harmala is a member of the Zygophyllaceae (Caltrop family). Native to the deserts of India, it's habitat stretches through the Gobi desert into the former Soviet Union and to the Mediterranean and central Asia. 

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 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 stands erect on its stalk, each capsule measuring about 1cm in diameter and containing 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. 

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".

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