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When crushed, myrtle leaves exude a soft eucalyptus aroma reminiscent of the Australian gum. Myrtle does not appear to have a medicinal use like eucalyptus, but the leaves are dried for potpourris and used to flavour pork and game dishes.

Usefully, they keep their rich, emerald green colour when dried.

On hot summer days there is often a very slight aromatic scent as you brush past the leaves, so place your plant close to a door or path whenever you can.

The Greeks and the Romans held this elegant evergreen in special regard.

The fragrant flowers, though small, are packed with a mass of gold-tipped stamens that gleam in full sun.

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