Bog Myrtle (Myrica gale)
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Bog Myrtle (Myrica gale)

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Bog Myrtle (syn. Gale palustris) grows in marshy areas of Northern Europe. It is a perennial, deciduous shrub with a growth height of 50-150cm.

Because of its spicy and earthy flavour, which reminds of bay leaves, bog myrtle leaves were once used as a spice. However, the use as a beer spice is particularly important. Long before the introduction of the German beer purity law, the "Reinheitsgebot", beer was often flavoured with a mixture of aromatic and partly intoxicating herbs. This beer style, the so-called gruit beer owes its name to the plant, which was widely called grut or gruit in ancient times.

The leaves are, furthermore, an important source of nutrition for the caterpillars of the heather moth, the clouded buff, and the sweet gale moth. The blossoms are suitable for dying fabrics yellow.

Today, the bog myrtle is on the Red List of endangered plant varieties as its habitat - the swamp - is strongly endangered by the drainage and shading as well as the peat extraction.

Seeds, content: 100 Bog Myrtle seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
50 – 150 cm
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Root system :
Forms runners / sprouts
Lifecycle :
full sun
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
0.5 cm
Best germination temperature :
5 °C
Planting distance:
1 m
Needs cold for germination
Main harvest:
The seeds naturally have a waxy surface - the wax should be washed off with detergent and the seeds should be rinsed with clear water.
Bog is a frost germinator. As a result, sow them either in autumn or stratify for 3 months at cold temperatures (also possible in the refrigerator) and sow them then. Furthermore, it is a light germinator. Therefore, only scatter the seeds on the soil and press on lightly.

Loves moist, sunny locations at the edge of ponds and needs sour soil.

Caution: The bog myrtle forms many runners fast. In order to prevent this, a rhizome barrier should be built in.
Other names
Botanical name:
g. belgicagale palustrism tomentosamyrica gale
German names:
English names:
French names:
bois–sent–bongalé odorantlorettemyrique baumiermyrte bâtardmyrte des maraispiment aquatiquepiment royal
Spanish names:
arrayán brabánticoarrayán de los pantanosmirto bastardomirto de bonalmirto de bravantemirto de turbero
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
100 Pcs.


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