White Himalayan Rue is a graceful autumn-flowering plant about 2 feet
high, with leaves resembling those of the common
, only more glaucous and finely divided. It is often mistaken for a
because of it's sprays of
white flowers. I
It is a slender, branched, perennial herb, growing to 30-60 cm high, woody
at the base. Stems are brownish-red, hairless or sometimes sparsely
velvety. Leaves are alternately arranged, multiply divided (3-5-pinnate).
Leaflets are 6-18 mm long, 5-12 mm wide, obovate to obcordate, with
slender and wiry stalks. The small white flowers are borne profusely in
large terminal drooping panicles. Flowers are small, on very
slender stalks. Petals are 4-5, about 5 mm long, oblong. Stamens 6-8,
filaments slender, unequal, longer than the petals. Capsule 6-8 mm in
diameter, membranous, ripe capsule splitting into distinct fruitlets.
White Himalayan Rue is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, at
altitudes of 600-3300 m. Flowering: August-October.