Danae racemosa - Alexandrian Laurel

  • Danae is an unusual evergreen with a bamboo-like appearance but ideal for small gardens (and for patient gardeners). It is an interesting, slow growing perennial-like shrub. The branches are slender, arching up and away from the centre crown.

  • In September, orange-red berries appear and are beautiful when against the lustrous, evergreen stems. The showy fruits stay on the plant until around Janurary. The branches are great for flower arrangements as they last for several weeks in a vase.

  • When the evergreen grows to a large size, it makes excellent ground cover. For optimal growth it prefers partial shade or full shade. It can adapt in all soil types but for it to grow better and bigger it prefers slightly moist/well drained soil.

  • Once a year, during the spring the new stems arise from the base of the plant meaning it is vital that the plant is watered during this time as the more water it gets the larger the stem will grow. After May, the plant won’t grow for the rest of the year.

         Excellent quality, 6-8cm tall plant in an 7-8cm square pot.


  • Also known as: Ruscus racemosus, Poet's Laurel

  • Native to: Azerbaijan, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey

  • Family: Asparagaceae - Asparagus

  • Family Habit (UK conditions): small, perennial-like evergreen shrub; spread by rhizomes

  • Growth rate: very slow, first branch usually appears in its 4th year of life

  • Max size (UK conditions): 1 x 1m

  • Main value: lustrous "foliage" (modified stems) and arching habit, orange-red berries in Autumn

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