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Mezereon

Daphne mezereum

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)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H7-H5

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

1m

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Mezereon

Daphne mezereum (massif des Vosges)
Daphne mezereum in Tremesny vrch (1)
Daphne mezereum SR1
A photo of Mezereon
A photo of Mezereon

Mezereon Overview

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

Seed

Cuttings

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

Layering

Special features of Mezereon

Attractive flowers

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.