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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.
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
Time to take cuttings: June to August
Flowering period: July to August
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