Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. November 2011.
Scientific name: Myrica gale L.
Common name(s): sweet gale, sweetgale, bog myrtle
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– leaves are fragrant; most likely found in wet areas
- dark green leaves
- toothed towards the top
– generally flowers in May in ME
-symbiotic relationship with bacteria that fixes nitrogen
– may be confused with Morella caroliniensis; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage
-fruits are a food source and attract birds
Heinrich, B. 1976. Flowering phenologies: Bog, woodland, and disturbed habitats. Ecology. 57(5):890-899.
Go Botany. “Myrica Gale L.” Myrica Gale (Sweetgale): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/myrica/gale/.