Myrica gale
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Myrica gale

bog myrtle

  family myricaceae 
  genus myrica 

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Genus  Myrica Species  gale Variety  Cultivar  Common names  sweetgale   pors   post   bog myrtle   Roid Family  MYRICACEAE Specimen number  S13968 Data source  Allergy p268;DyePl p67;DyePl p65;DyeFib p121;Frgnt p126
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Herb Growth form  Various Growth habit    Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The leaves of Myrica gale have a mildly perfume scented aroma. The stems of Bog myrtle (also known as sweet gale) as well as the leaves have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Myrica gale is known as pors in Norwegian, post in Norwegian or Roid in Gaelic. Yellow is the most typical color produced by this plant.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Light Hay fever season  Apr 01 - Jun 30 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Although this plant is freely wind-pollinated, it shouldn't pose too much difficulty to the hay fever susceptible. Hay fever season usually extends from April to June.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  wood and leaves are fragrant when bruised Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Perfume Dye parts  Stems   Leaves Dye color  yellow
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Myrica gale occurs throughout Canada and Northern US. Bog myrtle (in some places called sweet gale) probably originates from Norway, Scotland, North America and Eastern US.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Myrica gale is a woody perennial.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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