Myrica gale

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Myrica Gale
Myrica gale

This dense, rounded shrub features narrow, fragrant green leaves whorled on stems that create great cover for native birds. Sweet Gale thrives in wet soil conditions where few others can, while creating an attractive mass planting. Fall fruit is attractive to native birds.

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Benefits

  • Provides food and cover to Yellow-rumped Warblers
  • Great cover and nesting for native birds
  • Helps bring nitrogen to poor soil areas
  • Easy to grow and thrives in wet conditions
  • Tolerates brackish and saltmarsh conditions
  • Foliage fragrant when crushed
  • Height

    4-6 Inches

    Spread

    4-6 Inches

    Native Range

    Moist areas from Maine through Pennsylvania, the upper midwest, Washington, Idaho and Oregon as well as Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina

    Native Trivia

    Campers frequently hang bunches of Sweet Gale foliage in tents to repel insects. Its sweetly scented foliage has been or is currently used in perfumes, to flavor food and drinks, as a dye or to create sweetly scented candles.

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