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.
How to propagate Daphne
Daphne are slow-growing species and many have been grafted to grow best.
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.
Semi-ripe cuttings best taken mid-late summer.
Species with spreading growth habits are better propagated through layering.
Special features of Daphne
Other uses of Daphne
Fragrant, tubular flowers which are very attractive to birds and bees.