Which plants are worthy of inclusion in a Royal Wedding? We’ll see tomorrow, but we know one plant that’s nearly guaranteed to appear in the festivities: myrtus communis, simply called myrtle.
Meghan Markle’s bouquet will likely include myrtle from Queen Victoria’s own garden, which has been tended for over 170 years. Every Royal bride since Queen Victoria has carried myrtle.
Myrtle symbolizes love and hope, perfect sentiments for any bridal bouquet.
We have numerous dried myrtle specimens in the museum collection. The most appropriate one for a Royal Wedding bouquet is this one from Earthworks Greenhouse, Arlington, VA in 1980. It even cascades down the page.