Myrtle

Myrtus communis

Common Myrtle, Mirt (Afr.)

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Summer, Spring

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.

Special features

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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