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botanical name:
Myrica gale
Myrica gale © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Bog Myrtle, Sweetgale, Candle berry, Herba Myrti Rabanitini
synonyms:  Myrica palustris, Gale palustris
family:  Myricaceae
characteristics: shrub, scented/aromatic
height: 1.20m
width: 1.20m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: green
flower colour: yellow
fruit colour: brown
stem/bark: brown
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -50°C
USDA zone: 1 to 8
description:
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.

cultivation:
Happiest in very boggy conditions, but adaptable to drier acid soils. Very hardy.

propagation:
From seed, by cuttings, layering or separation of rooted suckers where produced.

usage:
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.

other notes:
Native to parts of Britain, such as wet coastal heathlands in Dorset and other damp moorlands and hillsides of northern Europe.

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