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Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel, True Laurel, Grecian Laurel, Laurel, Bay Leaf, Bay Laurus nobilis

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Botanical Name:

Laurus nobilis







Common Name:

Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel, True Laurel, Grecian Laurel, Laurel, Bay Leaf, Bay

3-60 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
 Tree Seed 8

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Growing Info:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: Germination tends to be slow, Germinates faster in warmer temperatures.
In a Nutshell:
* Laurus nobilis is an aromatic evergreen tree or large shrub with green, glossy leaves, native to the Mediterranean region. more...
* The plant is the source of several popular herbs and one spice used in a wide variety of recipes, particularly among Mediterranean cuisines. more...
* The most abundant essential oil found in laurel is cineole, also called eucalyptol. more...
* Dried laurel berries and pressed leaf oil can both be used as robust spices, and even the wood can be burnt for strong smoke flavoring. more...
* A spicy, aromatic flavouring, bay leaves are commonly used as aflavouring for soups, stews etc and form an essential ingredient of the herb mix 'Bouquet Garni'. The leaves can be used fresh or are harvested in the summer and dried. more...
* In massage therapy, the essential oil of bay laurel is reputed to alleviate arthritis and rheumatism, while in aromatherapy, it is used to treat earaches and high blood pressure. more...
* Bay laurel was used to fashion the laurel wreath of ancient Greece, a symbol of highest status. more...