Myrtus communis

Common myrtle

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Fruit, Scented flowers, Aromatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


Myrtus communis

Plant details

A native of dry Mediterranean scrub, common myrtle, Myrtus communis, is an aromatic evergreen shrub with pointed, glossy leaves. Its sweet-scented flowers, white with a hint of pink, have very long stamens which create a fluffy appearance. These are followed by small purple-black berries. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Myrtus communis in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. In mild regions it can be grown in the open garden, but elsewhere it benefits from the shelter of a warm wall. Alternatively, grow it in a container for moving indoors over winter, otherwise it is unlikely to reach its full potential size.

Family: Myrtaceae

Genus: Myrtus

Species: communis

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Fruit, Scented flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

Flowering period: July to August

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