Daphne

Daphne spp.

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profile iconDaphne striata 100604
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Daphne is a genus containing approximately 92 evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous shrubs originating from Asia, Europe and North Africa. Cultivated for their foliage and scented, tubular flowers which develop into bright, but poisonous, berries. Flower colour ranges from green and white to shades of yellow, pink and purple. Two species in this genus are used to make paper and many are grown as ornamental garden plants. Flowering usually occurs in winter or spring and these species are best planted near pathways or doorways so you can easily appreciate their strong fragrance when in bloom. Daphne are deep-rooting species and may not thrive in containers, plant straight into the ground for best results.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Winter

Propagation

Grafting

Daphne are slow-growing species and many have been grafted to grow best.

Seed

They may be propagated from seed and are best sown when ripe. Remove the fruit flesh prior to sowing and place in gritty compost, in a shady, sheltered location or in a cold frame for best results. Germination may take up to 2 years.

Cuttings

Semi-ripe cuttings best taken mid-late summer.

Layering

Species with spreading growth habits are better propagated through layering.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Chalk

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Thymelaeaceae

Flower colour

Multicoloured

Scent

Strong