More About Myrica gale
- AKA Myrica palustris
- Waxy, yellow catkins appear before the leaves
- Fragrant, blue-green to dark green foliage
- Upright, oval habit
- Nitrogen-fixing species
- Grows well at water's edge or in bogs
- Bloom Time: May
Native to Ontario and the rest of Canada.
The aromatic fruits are used fresh or dried to flavour soups, stews and sometimes put in beer to improve flavour and increase foaming. The dried leaves make a delictate tea. Wax from the fruit's pulp is used in candle making and a fragrant, essential oil can be extracted from the fruit. The bark can be used to dye wool.
Sweet Gale Growing and Maintenance Tips
Grows best in a moist soil and suckers freely making it an excellent choice for re-naturalization. Plant in sun or partial shade.
Myrica gale Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils
Wetland (Root submerged)
Flowering TimeEarly Spring