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common name: Bog Myrtle, Sweetgale, Candle berry, Herba Myrti Rabanitini
synonyms: Myrica palustris, Gale palustris
moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -50°C
USDA zone: 1 to 8
Low growing bush with aromatic dark greyish green to blue-grey leaves on erect stems. The narrowly obovate leaves are sparsely toothed near the tips. Greenish-yellow catkins in spring, followed by small, pointed, brown fruits.
Happiest in very boggy conditions, but adaptable to drier acid soils. Very hardy.
From seed, by cuttings, layering or separation of rooted suckers where produced.
Will grow in exposed acid wetlands which few plants would tolerate.
Valuable for its very aromatic foliage. The fresh or dried leaves were once used as a culinary herb and for flavouring beer. Also sometimes used as an insect repellent.
Native to parts of Britain, such as wet coastal heathlands in Dorset and other damp moorlands and hillsides of northern Europe.