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Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina (Myrtle Tarentina) Herb Plant

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Myrtle Tarentina (Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina) Herb in 9 cm Pot

The aromatic common Myrtle (Myrtus communis) is native to the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions. This 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. 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 Myrtle Tarentina Online

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

Other Details

Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type:
Well drained and humus rich soil
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Latin Name:
Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina 'Myrtle Tarentina'
RHS rating H4 - Hardy average winter
Meat & Poultry
Teas and Tissanes
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  1. Wonderful plant, fast and safe delivery 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Jun 2016

    This was my second order from Hooks Green Herbs. They provide large, healthy plants with strong roots. The packaging is fantastic and there was no mail-order transit damage. I am very happy with all aspects of this company's product and service and will buy from them again. Thank you.

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