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Mezereon

Daphne mezereum

February daphne, Dwarf bay, Lady's laurel, Mezereum, Mysterious plant, Spurge flax, Spurge olive

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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings
Softwood cuttings in early summer & Semi-hardwood heel cuttings in late summer

Special features

Attractive flowers
Late winter/early spring

Geography

Origin
Europe to Central Asia.

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
A low maintenance plant it suits wall-side borders or flower borders/beds of wildlife, cottage or urban gardens.

Personality

Family
Thymelaeaceae
Flower colour
Pink, Purples
Scent
Strong

Problems

May be affected by grey moulds & viruses.

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