(D = deciduous leaf losing and E = evergreen)

Most daphnes bear very fragrant flowers. There are many kinds and some are rather difficult to grow. Plant in a well-drained soil in October, November, March or April. Some that are easy to grow are: Daphne blagayana (B), 9 to 10 in., a semi-prostrate kind with very fragrant creamy flowers from March to April, suitable for the rock garden.

D.  burkwoodii (D), 3 to 4 ft., of spreading habit, fragrant mauve flowers in late May.

Species: Daphne mezereum Family: Thymelaeaceae...

Species: Daphne mezereum Family: Thymelaeaceae Image No. 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

D.  mezereum (mezereon) (D), 3 or 4 ft., the most common, bears sweetly scented, purplish-red flowers in February and March on the leafless branches. There is a white variety, album. Needs no pruning.

D.  odora aureo-marginata (E),  2 to 3 ft., with yellow-edged leaves and delightfully fragrant, reddish-purple flowers in late winter. Needs the protection of a wall, especially in colder districts.

11. October 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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