Laurus Nobilis, also known as bay or laurel, is a tree or shrub originating from the Mediterranean region. Being considered one of the noblest plants in history, a symbol of purity and triumph, the Laurel has crowned throughout time kings, emperors and even gods, according to mythology.
Currently, bay is highly appreciated for its healing qualities, but also for the special aroma it gives to culinary preparations.
The tree can reach heights of up to 10-18 meters, although it is often kept much smaller, especially when grown in pots. The leaves are lanceolate, dark green, glossy on the surface and more matte on the lower part. They are frequently used in the kitchen to flavor different types of food.
Regarding care, Laurus Nobilis prefers a well-drained soil and a sunny position or with partial light. It is a drought-resistant plant once it has adapted to the environment in which it is planted, but it prefers regular watering during the warmer periods of the year. It is resistant to most types of pests and diseases, making it relatively easy to maintain.
Laurus Nobilis does not tolerate very low temperatures. In general, it is considered resistant to temperatures down to approximately -7 degrees Celsius, although this figure may vary depending on soil and humidity conditions. In areas where temperatures may drop below this threshold, it is recommended to plant Laurus Nobilis in a sheltered location or to use protective methods, such as covering the soil with a layer of mulch to help insulate the roots.
If the plant is kept in a pot and is exposed to temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, there is a risk of the roots freezing. In this case, it is recommended to move the pot to an indoor space where the temperature does not drop below zero.
From a symbolic point of view, the laurel was often associated with victory and success, being used in the laurel crowns that were offered in antiquity to persons of great merit or heroes.
The height of the plant is measured with pots.