Daphne mezereum



This deciduous shrub grows to a height of 1.2 metres, with a spread of 1 metre. Its' leaves are oblong to oblanceolate and approximately 10 cms long. In late winter/early spring, it bears clusters of purple-pink flowers on bare woody stems. The flowers are heavily scented.


Daphne is a good bee attractor.


Daphne prefers a sheltered position with filtered or indirect sunlight, protected from extreme heat or cold. It does best in fertile, moist, very well drained soil. It is drought and frost tender. Due to its shallow roots, it is advisable to provide a stake for support. Mulch regularly with well rotted compost. It can be propagated by semi hardwood cuttings.


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