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The common myrtle is found all over the Mediterranean but may have originated from western Asia. One variety, Myrtus communis tarentina 'Jenny Reitenbach', is reliably frost resistant. The plant has been widely and anciently grown for a variety of medicinal properties. Nectar and pollen in the flowers are offered to hoverflies and bees and may be followed by ovoid fruits that become dark purple.

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  • Posted: Wed. 10th June 2009 17:21