Daphne mezereum

Daphne mezereum

Daphne

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Daphne mezereum
  • Common name: Daphne
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 1.5m

Spread: 1.5m

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Fruit, Scented flowers

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Sometimes called the February Daphne because of its welcome early flowering habit, Daphne mezereum is a shade-loving woodland plant that will also tolerate full sun provided its roots never dry out. It bears dense clusters of pink, lilac and violet flowers on bare stems in late winter, which begin to fade as the young foliage appears. It's perfect for growing near paths and doorways where the sweet fragrance of its blooms can be fully enjoyed early in the year, and it makes a delightful cut flower.

Grow Daphne mezereum in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. All parts of the plant are poisonous, but especially the vivid scarlet berries.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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