Myrtus communis is native across the northern Mediterranean region. It is a common and widespread shrub and the sole representative of the Myrtaceae in the Mediterranean Basin.


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About Myrtus communis

Myrtus, with the common name myrtle, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Myrtaceae, described by Linnaeus in 1753.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Common Myrtle, True Myrtle, Brides Myrtle, Roman Myrtle, Sweet Myrtle, Sweet Roman Myrtle, True Roman Myrtle
Maximum Reachable Height 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Flower Colour White with yellow-tipped stamens
Bloom Time May to July
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting to create a bear stem. This reduces the water usage of the cutting. Pour a little powdered rooting hormone into a small container. Don t contaminate the large bottle of hormone by dipping the cutting directly into the original bottle. Dip the cut end into the powder, shaking the excess off the stem.

Myrtus communis care

For the best results, plant myrtle outdoors in late spring in a well-drained, sheltered position. This gives it the best chance of establishing lots of root before winter weather sets in.
You can also grow myrtle in a container in soil-based compost. Water and feed with a potash-rich tomato food during the growing season.
The potash will encourage more flower and also harden the wood. Ease off watering from late August onwards, and then dry off almost completely before over-wintering the container. The shelter of a warm wall under the eaves of the house is a perfect place.

Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering Medium
Soil Well drained soil
Temperature 30 to 40 degrees C
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

Myrtus communis special feature

It is typically found in Maquis shrubland together with other low-growing shrubs which have been developed after the clearing of the primary woods of the Mediterranean in the lower mountain environments.

Myrtus communis uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal Use:

  • Unverified information Myrtle occupies a prominent place in the writings of Hippocrates, Pliny, Dioscorides, Galen, and the Arabian writers
  • In numerous Mediterranean countries, the extract of the myrtle herb is used to make the hair grow longer in a short period of time

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Myrtus communis ?

Myrtus communis is commonly known as Common Myrtle, True Myrtle, Brides Myrtle, Roman Myrtle, Sweet Myrtle, Sweet Roman Myrtle, True Roman Myrtle

How tall do Myrtus communis grow?

On average Myrtus communis grows 4.00 to 6.00 feet

What color are Myrtus communis ?

A Myrtus communis plant bears flowers of color White with yellow-tipped stamens

When Myrtus communis blooms?

With enough light, Myrtus communis may produce White with yellow-tipped stamens flowers in May to July

How hard is Myrtus communis to grow?

A Myrtus communis is Easy to grow

How much sunlight does a Myrtus communis need?

A Myrtus communis prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade

How much water does a Myrtus communis need?

A Myrtus communis prefers watering Medium

What kind of soil does a Myrtus communis need?

A Myrtus communis prefers Well drained soil

What temperature does a Myrtus communis like?

A Myrtus communis prefers 30 to 40 degrees C

How often should I fertilize my Myrtus communis ?

To encourage Myrtus communis growth, Apply any organic fertilizer


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