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Daphne

Daphne spp.

Daphne striata 100604 by Bernd Haynold (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

7a-8b

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    This plant has a strong fragrance

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    Overview

    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.

    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

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