Myrtle Family

Myrtus luma (now called Luma apiculata) from Chile flowers in late summer, and has striking cinnamon-coloured bark which peels off to reveal a beautiful cream-coloured inner surface.

Myrtus lechleriana (now Ammomytus luma) from Chile has citrus-scented foliage, and produces fragrant flowers in spring followed by edible black berries.

Myrtus communis, the Common Myrtle, is an aromatic shrub from south west Europe. It was dedicated to the Roman goddess Venus, and myrtle sprays are still used in bridal bouquet.