The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Myrtus

Family: Myrtaceae.

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Myrtus communis microphylla Common name(s): Myrtle
Myrtus Genus of 2 species of upright or rounded, evergreen trees and shrubs from scrub, woodland, and woodland margins in the Mediterranean region, N. Africa, S. America, and the Falkland Islands. An excellent cut flower, Myrtus was held sacred to the Goddess of Love in ancient times. Aromatic, finely textured, deep green glossy leaves contrast with the fragrant white flowers. Berries are purplish-black. Heat loving. All withstand sea breezes. Tolerate a wide range of soils. The shrub will grow about 2 ft tall or more if left untrimmed and can be stood outdoors during the summer months.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Warm - minimum 50F in winter. As much light as possible. Shade from hot sun. Keep compost moist at all times - reduce watering in winter. Mist leaves frequently. Take stem cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom heat. Sow seeds in containers in a cold frame in autumn.

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