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PlantFiles: Alexandrian Laurel, Poet's Laurel
Danae racemosa

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Danae (dan-AY-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: racemosa (ray-see-MO-suh) (Info)

Synonym:Danae laurus
Synonym:Danaidia racemosa
Synonym:Ruscus racemosus

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wendymadre On Jun 12, 2014, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

Zone 7A, Petersburg, Virginia: We moved some Manhattan euonymus from our back yard to our front yard about fifteen years ago, and poet's laurel was mixed in with the roots. I didn't know what it was at the time, or I would have separated the two. It is still growing from the base of the euonymus. It hasn't spread, nor has it diminished. I have also seen some growing in a neglected section of a neighbor's yard, as well as in a small park-garden in the neighborhood. It seems to survive without much--or any-- nurturing.

Positive aasalas On Feb 1, 2014, aasalas from Lewes, DE (Zone 7b) wrote:

Have had it for 10 years; grows beautifully along a narrow shaded (by large crepe myrtles) space between the house and a walkway in Lewes, DE and remains very green even in this year's unusual 0 degree temperatures. We amended the original soil (which was almost pure sand) with about 50% peat moss and some manure. After the first year, we have rarely if ever watered it. Nice berries in winter.

Positive jim_d_gardener On Dec 6, 2013, jim_d_gardener from Memphis, TN wrote:

Grows slowly but well in full shade in Memphis, Tennessee.

Positive plantsonthepoint On Mar 26, 2010, plantsonthepoint from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have seen a colony of this growing at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, in Raleigh, and it was as lush and verdant in January as it is in July! I will buy a start as soon as I am able.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Montgomery, Alabama
Lewes, Delaware
Baltimore, Maryland
Severna Park, Maryland
Oyster Bay, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Florence, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Winchester, Tennessee
San Antonio, Texas
Norfolk, Virginia

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