Peganum harmala is a perennial shrub with fleshy spikey-looking leaves, growing up to 3 feet tall. The flowers are white, five-petaled, followed by a two- to four-cavitied capsule about 3/8 inch in diameter.
It was first planted in the United States in 1928 in New Mexico by a farmer wanting to manufacture the dye "Persian red" from its seeds. The plant's seeds are especially noteworthy because they have seen continual use for thousands of years in the rites of many cultures.
Seeds have by nature a low germination rate, plant plenty of seeds! Does well in dry sandy soils, but will benefit from somewhat richer soils. Will stand considerable drought. Zone 5+
Medicinal: Roots and seeds are said to have been used to treat pain, mental and nervous illnesses, to treat skin inflammations and many others. We sell seeds for botanical and ornamental values and not for consumption.
Other Names: Wild Rue, Harmel, Esphand, Syrian Rue, Peganum harmala for planting