Common Myrtle | Myrtus communis
The common myrtlle, a member of the Myrtaceae family, is native to the Mediterranean where it grows as a small, evergreen shrub. Grown in a container it can still reach a height of 2 m (6 ft 6 in). The lanceolate leaves produce an intense aroma when crushed. They are used as a medicinal herb in the form of myrtle oil, which is extracted from the leaves. The white flowers that are produced until autumn are also fragrant.
Myrtles grow both in sun and partial shade and they need plenty of water in summer. Because they are lime-haters, they should only be watered with soft water or rain water. During the growing season, they should be given weekly applications offertilizer.
They do not need pruning but can be trimmed into shape if necessary. In winter, they should be moved to a bright place with a temperature of 5-10° C (41-50° F). Greenwoodtaken in spring root easily.