The Myrtle is an extensive genus comprising over one hundred species, mostly natives of Australia, South America and Southern Europe. The common species (Myrtus communis) is one of our most popular and best known shrubs, its fragrant leaves and pretty white flowers making it a general favorite.

There are many handsome species, including Myrtus bullata (which grows from ten to twenty feet high) and Myrtus apiculata.

It is of easy culture and grows well in any soil not too heavy, being readily propagated by cuttings placed in sandy leaf-mold in a cold frame in early Fall, or by seeds sown, in Spring, one eighth of an inch deep in a cold frame.