Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Chilean myrtle

1. Amomyrtus luma was carried by 18th and 19th century brides in their bouquets. As the threshold was crossed a sprig was planted by the front door. If it grew the marriage would be happy and fruitful.
This is our common myrtle which is everywhere, with its lovely bright orange trunk and large flowers. It seeds readily all over the place – too readily! The trunk is supposed to feel cool in even the hottest weather [St Martin, Guernsey, April & June 2002].

Image: The Pleasure Garden, Bonnington Square, London Borough of Lambeth, June 2019.