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Laurus nobilis

Bay

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Laurus nobilis
  • Common name: Bay
  • Family: Lauraceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Bay, Laurus nobilis is one of the oldest shrubs in cultivation, introduced at least as early as 1650. It’s an essential foliage plant for herb gardens, its leaves commonly used in curries and as part of a bouquet garni. It’s slightly tender when young and benefits from shelter and protection in winter. Plants are traditionally trained and clipped as topiary, and make fine structural features in formal gardens. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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Grow Laurus nobilis in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, ideally near a south- or west-facing wall, which willl provide additional shelter from cold winds and frost. In cooler regions, consider growing in a container which you can move indoors in autumn.

How to grow Laurus nobilis

  • Plant size

    12m height

    10m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Laurus nobilis and wildlife

Laurus nobilis has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Laurus nobilis poisonous?

Laurus nobilis can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People