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Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina (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.

Myrtle Tarentina (Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina) Herb in 1 litre 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.

Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina (Myrtle Tarentina) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type Well drained and humus rich soil
Flower Colour White
Height 300cm
Spread 150cm
Latin Name Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina 'Myrtle Tarentina'
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 Tarantina

    Posted by Sarah on 15th Feb 2022

    The two plants arrived safely in excellent packaging. They look really healthy. The planting instructions given by email are very clear. Although we live in Yorkshire, where the weather can be a bit extreme, we have already grown one of these plants successfully, and we’re hoping to eventually grow a small hedge. Whether we’ll eventually get enough fruit to make Myrtle liqueur remains to be seen!

  • 5

    Posted by Philippa on 30th Aug 2021

    Plants arrived really well packaged and all really healthy and busy, similar in size and beautiful. Very pleased. Planted out and watered. Definitely recommended.

  • 5

    Posted by Fran Anderson on 28th Jul 2021

    Beautiful little plant, and fits nicely into a pot.

  • 5
    Wonderful plant, fast and safe delivery

    Posted by Helen Payne 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.