Little Ragu® Sweet Bay
Little Ragu® Sweet Bay
Laurus nobilis 'MonRik' Plant Patent #25,915Item #7993 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:llaw-russDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Compact, PyramidalGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Inconspicuous; foliage prized for culinary use.Flower color:YellowPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasThis 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.Companion PlantsOlive (Olea); Pomegranate (Punica); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:Laurus nobilis is native to the Southern Mediterranean region where it can reach 60 ft. in height in its native range. This new, more compact Laurus plant originated from an open-pollination in Dayton, Oregon, of an unnamed selection of Laurus nobilis, not patented, as the female parent, with an unknown selection of Laurus nobilis as the male parent. The new Laurus plant was discovered and selected by Rick H. Wells, as a single plant from within the progeny of the stated open-pollination in a controlled environment in Dayton, Oregon during the autumn of 2010. The characteristics that distinguished 'MonRik' as a new and distinct Laurus plant are: compact upright to somewhat outwardly spreading and uniformly mounded habit, vigorous, freely branching habit, and fragrant dark green leaves. The new Laurus differs from its female parent primarily in plant size and habit.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.