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Myrica gale - An attractive, under-utilized shrub of merit. The handsome long tongues of leaves are blue-green on tawny stems within the outline of a low rounded / mounded shrub. You'll know why one of its common names is Sweet Gale if you crush the foliage - very fragrant and delightful. Also known as Bog Myrtle this fine, under-utilized shrub will form a handsome mass planting in any constantly moist to wet soil. It would be well-used as a colonizer at pond's edge where sight lines may be important. It's a natural bug repellent and has several culinary possibilities one of which is that the dried berries are used as spice.
- Type: Shrub
- Zone: 2-6
- Height: 22-48 Inches
- Spread: 22-48 Inches
- Sun: Full sun to part shade
- Flower: Red
- Bloomtime: Late Spring/Early Summer
- Foliage: Blue-green, Fragrant if crushed
- Water Needs: Moist
- Other: Pond, Bog, Wetland, Hedge, Wetland Reclamation, Medicinal / Herbal, Natural Garden, Edging, Wildlife Garden, Massing, Marginal, Salt Tolerant