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Myrtle

Myrtus spp.

Starr 080304-3229 Myrtus communis by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

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Starr 080304-3229 Myrtus communis
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Overview

Myrtus is a small genus containing 2 evergreen shrubs and small trees in the Myrtaceae family. These plants are commonly known by the name Myrtle and they are native to the Mediterranean region, found across parts of Asia and North Africa. They have aromatic leaves and small, usually white star-like flowers followed by blue-black or amber-coloured berries. In cultivation they are often used as hedging plants and in some countries, they have culinary and medicinal uses. They need a sheltered spot and a long-hot summer if they are to produce good flowers and fruits.