Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

QUERY: Ritual uses of myrtle

Amots Dafni is working on the ritual uses of myrtle (Myrtus communis) and would welcome information on the uses and folklore associated with this shrub in any part of the world.
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PL-A contains little information about myrtle, most of which refers to bushes which are supposed descendants of sprigs carried in Queen Victoria’s bouquet when she married in 1840. However, there is also a contribution received from a London woman in May 1983:
Myrtle: Every girl grows her own pot plant to use in her wedding bouquet and head-dress. If the plant dies the girl will never marry. Alpine regions of Austria, Switzerland and north Italy, 1950s and 60s.
[RV, 1 October 2013].

Image: cultivated, Hampton Court, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, January 2022.

Updated 28 January 2022.

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