Myrtle Foliage

Common Names: Myrtle, Common Myrtle, True Myrtle

Botanical names: Myrtus communis, MUR-tus com-MUN-is

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 10 plus days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Small, glossy, and oval-shaped leaves with a leathery texture. The leaves grow densely along the woody branches, creating a lush and full appearance.

Color: Dark green

Botanical facts: A distinctive feature of myrtle foliage is its oil glands, which give off a pleasant fragrance when the leaves are crushed or brushed against.

Design notes: Myrtle foliage can add depth and dimension to arrangements, creating a lush backdrop for flowers. Its fragrant leaves add a natural perfume to a design. It is commonly used in wreathes and garlands because of its long lasting quality.

Purchasing hints: Purchase undamaged stems with turgid glossy foliage. Avoid stems exhibiting leaf fall.

Conditioning: Give the woody stem end a fresh break or cut with as sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with a commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Myrtle has long been associated with love and romance. In Greek mythology, the myrtle tree was sacred to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and myrtle wreaths were worn during weddings as symbols of love and fertility. In modern times, myrtle foliage continues to be used in bridal bouquets and wedding decorations to symbolize love, fidelity, and marital happiness.