Little Ragu® Sweet Bay
Laurus nobilis 'MonRik' PP #25,915
|Description||A more compact sweet bay with highly aromatic, deep green foliage that emerges on unique red-tinged stems. The dried leaves add a classic Mediterranean flavor to soups and sauces. Easy-care upright shrub or small tree. Handsome in natural form, or easily clipped into a formal hedge or topiary shape. Thrives in containers. Evergreen.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.|
|Mature Size||Reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.|
|Landscape Use||Container, Hedge, Suitable for Topiary|
|Design Ideas||This is a fantastic evergreen shrub or small tree and is the source of culinary bay and the famous laurels of Greek antiquity. Perfect planted in its natural form as a screen or single specimen for all Mediterranean-inspired landscapes. Well suited to formal gardens, as a clipped standard patio tree or topiary form, often planted in matched pairs for symmetrical compositions. Three or more are charming when lined up orchard-style in beds and borders. Fits very well into small gardens and city courtyards. As a patio tree or container specimen, it is most attractive when planted in classical Greco-Roman terra-cotta pots.|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Companion Plants||Lavender (Lavandula); Pomegranate (Punica); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Olive (Olea); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)|
|Care||Provide enriched, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to develop an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Apply fertilizer as new growth begins in spring. Slow growing; prune only as needed to shape.|
|Lore||The ancient Greeks and Romans fashioned bay laurel leaves into wreaths to be worn as crowns by the winners in sporting events. Laurel has always symbolized victory and merit and is proudly displayed on the National Emblem of Greece. The oil pressed from the berries is used in perfumes, candles, soap as well as in topical creams for sore muscles and arthritis.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11
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