February daphne, Dwarf bay, Lady's laurel, Mezereum, Mysterious plant, Spurge flax, Spurge olive
Daphne mezereum is a deciduous shrub with strongly scented rosy pink-purple flowers. These appear in early spring on stiff upright branches. Also known by the common names mezereon, February daphne and mezereum, this species typically grows to around 1.5m high. Flowers tend to be produced before the leaves, they are clustered in groups of 2-3 and lead onto attractive spherical berry fruits. Leaves are of a rounded, wedge shape, termed oblanceolate, they are a dull green-grey colour.