Also known as
February Daphne, Dwarf Bay, Lady's Laurel, Mezereum, Mysterious Plant, Spurge Flax, Spurge Olive, Paradise Plant, Daphne
Daphne mezereum ENBLA07 by Enrico Blasutto (CC BY-SA 3.0)
5 years to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
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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.
Common problems with Mezereon
May be affected by grey moulds & viruses.
How to harvest Mezereon
Generally not harvested
How to propagate Mezereon
Softwood cuttings in early summer & Semi-hardwood heel cuttings in late summer
Special features of Mezereon
Late winter/early spring
Other uses of Mezereon
A low maintenance plant it suits wall-side borders or flower borders/beds of wildlife, cottage or urban gardens.