Laurel of Alexandria (Ruscus hypophyllum)

Vista del laurel de Alejandría

The laurel of Alexandria is a plant fantastic, ideal to get the pot in a corner of the yard, or on the ground. Your pole pendant makes it a plant worthy of admiration, since it also has a feature that is sure to surprise you: its flowers sprout out of the same leaves.

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Origin and characteristics

Hojas de laurel de Alejandría

It is a plant evergreen, whose scientific name is Ruscus hypophyllum, although popularly known as the laureola or laurel of Alexandria. It is native to north Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. Reaches a height of 1 meter, and develops stalks not branched of the arising leaves membranous, without spines at its apex.

The flowers are unisexual, small, and meet in groups of 3 to 10. The male are composed of 6 tepals, united at the base, white-greenish, and 6 stamens; the female have 1 pistil. Blooms between winter and spring. The fruit is fleshy, kind of berry, and is of a bright red colour.

What are your care?

Flor de Laurel de Alejandría

If you want to have a copy, we recommend you provide the following care:

  • Location: outside, in partial shade.
  • Earth:
    • Pot: culture substrate universal blended with 30% perlite.
    • Garden: to which it may be well must be fertile, with good drainage.
  • Irrigation: about 3 times a week in summer and every 4-5 days the rest of the year. To avoid flooding, but also that the earth is too dry.
  • Paid: from spring to summer with organic fertilizers. In case of having it in a pot, we will use liquid fertilizer, following the directions specified on the packaging.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in the spring.
  • Hardiness: it is a plant that withstands the cold and frost of up to -4 ° C, but does best in warm areas.

What has seemed to you the laurel of Alexandria? Have you heard of him?

The article Laurel of Alexandria (Ruscus hypophyllum) has been originally published in Gardening On.

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