Myrsine africana (Myrsinaceae). Cape Myrtle (e), Mirting (a) Hardy, fairly slow growing evergreen, small shrub with tiny glossy leaves and tiny pink flowers in summer. Birds are attracted to the shiny purple-red berries that follow the flowers. It has a naturally lovely compact shape that makes it an ideal hedge plant for the small garden. Needs full sun to grow compactly, it tolerates shady conditions but then it is a little spindly. Size up to 3m. S.A. No. 577.1. Sowing : Sow in summer in a well drained medium. Locality : Ficksburg. Date of harvest : December 2012.