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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 is an aromatic evergreen that has been cultivated for centuries. It can be grown in the open garden in mild areas, but elsewhere benefits from the shelter of a warm wall. It may also be grown in a container for moving indoors over winter, otherwise it is unlikely to reach its full potential size. Its sweet-scented flowers, white with a hint of pink, have very long stamens which create a fluffy appearance. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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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