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Myrtus communis

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Myrtle is part of the Myrtus genus and its scientific name is Myrtus communis.

Perennial evergreen shrub with white flowers and blue berries. Scented and edible.

This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Baby pink and   Antique white. The mature flowers are of a clustered form.

Myrtle grows as a perennial and is a flowering edible ornamental / herb. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).

Myrtle is known for its shrub-like habit and growing to a height of approximately 4.27 metres (13.87 feet).

Typically, Myrtle is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Myrtle have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Myrtle

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Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Myrtle requires a sandy, loamy and clay soil with a ph of 5.5 - 7.5 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Myrtle is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Myrtle to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Myrtle from seed

Transplanting Myrtle

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Myrtle is a half hardy plant.

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Myrtle Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin communis meaning “common”

Myrtle Folklore & Trivia

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