• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Slow grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Drought Tolerant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:MER-tus com-MU-nis
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Special features:Waterwise
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Companion PlantsMyrtle was a favorite garden plant of ancient Rome, where it was sheared regularly to release its fragrant oils. It remains an ideal small hedge plant for city gardens in warmer regions, where it works well in Mediterranean and drought-resistant landscapes. Shear or grow naturally. Use as background, a barrier hedge, a formal hedge around a rose garden or as a simple low-maintenance foundation plant for walls and fence lines. Makes a nice and simple topiary form if trained or sheared from the beginning.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This ancient evergreen bearing distinctive aromatic oils was held sacred by the Greco-Romans who dedicated it o Venus, goddess of love. Although widely distributed around the Mediterranean, scholars believe it is native to western Asia and naturalized in Europe. By 1640 at least six varieties were under cultivation included this dwarf form. Genus was chosen for its vernacular name in ancient times.
    Lore:
    Myrtus was grown in ancient Pompeii evidenced by colorful painted murals of garden scenes featuring plants in bloom.