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Myrtle

Myrtus communis

Common myrtle

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Myrtle is an attractive evergreen shrub with aromatic leaves, white flowers and black berries. The berries are peppery or spicy and are used to make an unusal jam in areas around Swiss Alphs.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Leaves, flowers, buds and berries can be harvested whenever they are available. Leaves are more fragrant with the shrub is in flower.

Propagation

Special features

Hedge plant
Popular hedge often clipped into formal structures.

Geography

Origin
Mediterranean region, Macaronesia, western Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
An alcoholic drink is made from the berries.
Notes
Medicinal, culinary, insecticide

Personality

Family
Myrtaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Problem free

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