When in flower, it is a spectacular shrub or small tree. It makes a dense, wind-resistant hedge. The leaves when crushed give off a spicy odour. Found along the coast where Myrtis communis grows in abundance, as well as inland near Le Rocher de Roquebrune.
The flowers are usually white, sometimes tinged pink, with 4 rounded petals and a mass of protruding white stamens.
Elliptic oval leaf, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Oval to long, wider in the middle, pointed, 3-5 cm long.
Berry: blackish blue.
Berries: on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica an aromatic liqueur called ‘Mirto’ is made from the berries by macerating them in alcohol.
Whole plant: an aromatic, astringent herb that is an antiseptic and an effective decongestant, used internally for urinary infections and sinusitis.