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Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina 'Variegata'(Variegated Myrtle Tarentina) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Variegated Myrtle Tarentina'(Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina 'Variegata') Herb in 1L Pot

The aromatic common Myrtle (Myrtus communis) is native to the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions. This Variegated Myrtle Tarentina subspecies given a maximum height of approx. 1m is smaller than the Common Myrtle which given the right conditions could reach up to 3m. It  does however require a sunny sheltered position. Variegated Myrtle Tarentina has dark green leaves that are thick and lustrous, with many small, translucent, oil-bearing glands. The solitary unscented rose like white flowers are followed by a white berry which ultimately turns purple-black in Autumn. Myrtle is cultivated in the garden for its attractive foliage and the lovely display of flowers in the summer and berries in Autumn, and it can even be cut into a hedge. Preferring fertile well-drained soil, Myrtle will not stand prolonged frosts or water logged soil, and is best grown in a container in very cold areas to be brought under cover, or given some form of protection i.e. a fleece if a severe frost is predicted.

Herb Usage

Myrtle has been an emblem of love for many centuries and was used in wreaths and other decorations in Greco-Roman antiquity. The leaves and flowers can be dried and added to pot pourri and the berries crushed and added to cooking, they are particularly good with game and pork.

Myrtol, a volatile oil found in most parts of the plant, was formerly used as an antiseptic and tonic.

Buy Variegated Myrtle Tarentina Online

Our potted Variegated Myrtle Tarentina herb plants are generally available to buy online between May and September.

Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina 'Variegata'(Variegated Myrtle Tarentina) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Free draining soil
Flower Colour White
Height 300cm
Spread 150cm
Latin Name Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina 'Variegata'
Hardiness RHS rating H4 - Hardy average winter
Culinary Meat & Poultry
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Teas and Tissanes
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Hedging/Edging
Type of Garden Formal
  • 5
    myrtus communis tarentina variegata

    Posted by Anne on 16th Mar 2021

    Very sturdy and healthy plants. Carefully packed. Good value.