Ruscus racemosus

Alexander's laurel, poet's laurel

Ruscus racemosus is a beautiful evergreen shrub that makes a great addition to any garden. It has glossy, dark green foliage and produces small, white flowers in the spring.

It is a low-maintenance shrub that is easy to care for and can be used as a hedge or as a specimen plant. It is drought-tolerant and can tolerate a wide range of soil types.

It is a great choice for a low-maintenance garden or landscape.

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Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The Ruscus racemosus loves a good rich soil, moist most of the time in a sheltered from cold winds location. It can grow in most types of soil but would thrive in a slightly acidic soil.

Prune in mid-late spring after the risk of frost has passed and immediately after flowering. Pruning at this time will avoid frost damage to new shoots, and any pruning scars will be concealed by new growth.

Fertilise with a balanced fertiliser as soon as the new growth starts coming through.

Divide the clumps every 3 – 5 years, by digging them and dividing the rhizomes. This is the main method of propagation as growing these plants from seeds can take forever and a day.


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