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Myrtle Communis
Myrtle Communis
Aromatic French Myrtle ball in a green pail
Close up of the myrtle communis

Myrtle Ball

£19.00 exc delivery

True myrtle - an evergreen shrub whose leaves are strongly scented when crushed. Myrtle trees have been cultivated for so many centuries that their origin is unknown. As clipped balls they make a great feature for a windowsil and their scented leaves can even be used in cooking!

A symbol of love in both ancient and medieval times and great gifts for weddings and Anniversaries. These cute myrtle balls are looking really lovely and bushy this week and some even have the odd flower developing.

30cm high in a 1L pot

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These instructions are sent with the plant gift
Also known as Greek myrtle or Common Myrtle, these easy to care for plants will reward you with fragrant evergreen leaves all year round. You may even get some small white flowers in Summer
Myrtle likes indirect sunlight and a cool room. In summer you can put it outside on a sheltered patio and it will enjoy the fresh air. But as soon as the nights get cooler, it should go back inside. This plant does best above 10°C and certainly needs to be above 2°C.
As your plant grows you may want to repot it in a larger pot, if it gets untidy just clip it back into shape using sharp scissors or seceteurs.
Myrtle leaves make a great savoury seasoning and can be added fresh or dried to casseroles and soups. Myrtle does tend to shed a few leaves as it puts on new growth but if you notice dramatic leaf drop the most likely cause is underwatering or scorching. Water immediately and move your plant out of direct sunlight.

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Myrtle
myrtus communis
Myrtle probably comes from the ancient greek 'myrtus' as do many other european common names.
white flowers in spring/summer
small blue bitter tasting berries
easy to care for shrub that can be pruned to keep a symmetrical shape. Useful for pots as topiary but can also be planted out.
Originating in eastern europe, myrtle has been cultivated for centuries and is referred to in the old testament.
Season: Jan to Dec
Medicinally an infusion made from the leaves is said to ease flatulence and colic and to help chest infections when taken with honey. In eastern europe and italy, myrtle's aromatic leaves are used in cooking to add flavour to meat and stews
Further information available at http://mygarden.rhs.org.uk/blogs/jim_gardiner/archive/2008/04/30/mount-myrtle.aspx

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" Firstly, I would like to thank you very much for the above order. My son and his wife were delighted. I have made several orders through you and the recipients have always been thrilled. " Jane Radbourne - November 2014
" Many thanks, the plant arrived the next day and they loved it. " Caroline Fraser - June 2014
" Received order today thank you for excellent service and value, wife very happy " D.P. - December 2012