Myrtus

Myrtus spp.

profile iconStarr 080304-3229 Myrtus communis
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profile iconStarr 080304-3229 Myrtus communis
by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
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There are 3 recognised species in this genus of evergreen shrubs and small trees in the myrtle family native to the Mediterranean region, 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 flowers and fruits.
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