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Daphne mezereum f. alba


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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Fruit, Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (37323)

Plant details

Sometimes called the February Daphne because of its welcome early flowering habit, D. mezereum is a shade-loving woodland plant that will tolerate full sun provided its roots never dry out. It is a favourite shrub in cottage gardens and borders near paths and doorways where the sweet fragrance can be enjoyed early in the year.

This form has cream white flowers which are densely clustered all along the bare stems and begin to fade as the young foliage appears. All parts of the plant are poisonous, but especially the yellow berries in autumn and winter.

Family: Thymelaeaceae

Genus: Daphne

Species: mezereum

Cultivar: f. alba

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit, Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

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