Myrtus communis “‎Myrtle”

Myrtus communis “‎Myrtle” 40 – 60cm

Myrtus communis, commonly known as myrtle, is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to the Mediterranean region.



It is a popular ornamental plant grown for its attractive foliage and fragrant white flowers that bloom in summer.

Myrtle is a relatively low-maintenance plant that prefers a sunny location with well-draining soil. It is drought-tolerant and can be grown in both coastal and inland regions. It also does well in containers, making it a great choice for small gardens or balconies.

When growing myrtle, it is important to avoid overwatering, as the plant prefers a slightly dry soil. Water the plant deeply and then allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Fertilize with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring and summer to encourage healthy growth.

Pruning can help to shape the plant and promote bushier growth. Prune any dead or damaged branches, and trim back any new growth to encourage branching.

Myrtle is generally pest-resistant, but it can be susceptible to scale insects and spider mites. If you notice any pests on your plant, treat them with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Myrtle has a long history of use in traditional medicine, and its leaves and berries have been used for their medicinal properties. It is also used in cooking, particularly in Mediterranean cuisine, where the leaves are used to flavor dishes such as sauces and meats.


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