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Variegated Myrtle

Myrtus communis 'Variegata'

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Variegated Myrtle (Myrtus communis 'Variegata') at Hoffmann Hillermann Nursery & Florist

Variegated Myrtle foliage

Variegated Myrtle foliage

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 


Creamy-white flowers cover this dense evergreen shrub in summer; aromatic leaves are dramatically edged in white; this attractive, dense shrub is easily sheared to any size or shape

Features & Attributes

Variegated Myrtle features showy fragrant creamy white flowers along the branches in early summer. Its attractive fragrant pointy leaves remain grayish green in color with distinctive white edges throughout the year.

This is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen houseplant with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other indoor plants with less refined foliage. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Variegated Myrtle can be expected to grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It does best in average to evenly moist soil, but will not tolerate standing water. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH; an average potting soil should work just fine.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.


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