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A SACRED shrub in Greek mythology, one of the four sacred plants in Jewish liturgy and used throughout Europe in wedding bouquets, a slip from Queen Victoria's was propagated and sprigs are used in royal wedding bouquets today.
Wintered in tubs in orangeries in the 17th and 18th centuries they were brought into gardens in the summer. Sprigs used in Mediterranean cookery to flavour meats.
Genus of one species of evergreen shrub from woodland margins and scrub in the Mediterranean.
Hardy - average winterHardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Additional FeaturesResistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilHumus-rich
Buy Varieties of MYRTUS
pure white scented flowers
a compact rounded bush with needle-like leaves and creamy-white scented flower