Myrhh - Knowledgebase Question

Flushing, MI
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Question by akuma
May 1, 1998
Could you please give me some information about a plant called MUR? I ordered one form the local Master Gardening Association and I cannot find anything in all of my gardening books. The spelling that they gave was as above, but I'm wondering if it is not spelled like the traditional myrhh.

Answer from NGA
May 1, 1998
There's a shrubby tree called Balsamodendron myrrha, that's native to Arabia and Somalia, that might be what you ordered. It's grown for the reddish-brown resin called myrrh that is harvested from the stem of the plant. There's not a whole lot of information available on the growth requirements of this plant, but it appears to be a hardy, drought-tolerant plant. Put it in full sunshine and water regularly until it's established, and then just watch it grow.

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