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Bog Myrtle

Myrica gale

Plant Data

Order:
Fagales
Family:
Myricaceae (Bog Myrtle)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Male and female catkins appear on separate shrubs. Male ovoid catkins are orange; hanging female catkins are brown.
Fruit:
A small drupe containing a single seed.
Leaves:
A shrub with evergreen, egg-shaped, simple leaves. The leaves are downy on their undersides.
Maximum Size:
150cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The dried leaves can be used to make tea. The fresh or dried leaves and fruit can be used for flavouring soups and stews.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The resinous sweet-smelling scent that this plant gives out is often used as an insect repellant.
Other Names:
Bog-myrtle, Dutch Myrtle, English Myrtle, Gale, Sweet Bayberry, Sweet Gale, Wax Myrtle.
Habitats:
Bogs, fens, heathland, marshes, moorland, swamps, woodland.