Daphne cneorum/Rose Daphne or Garland Flower
Rose Daphne or Garland Flower
The genus is named after Daphne, daughter of the Greek river-god Peneus, and contains some 50 species widespread in Europe and Asia. They are deciduous or evergreen shrubs withthat have no petals but only sepals joined to form a tube.
The illustrated species is a native of central and southern Europe. It is about 20 cm (8 in ) high and forms dense masses in the wild. From May to June the richly branched shrubs bear clusters of very fragrant, carmine-red flowers. Rose daphne is an evergreen shrub that has several varieties in the wild. The variety major is larger than the type species and also forms thicker masses; it is supplied to the market mostly by Dutch horticultural firms. A similar but even better variety is eximea. D. c. verlottiis distinguished by longer and more pointed leaves.
Rose daphne is propagated by means of seed which is stratified as soon as it is harvested and sown in the autumn of the same year. Grafting on to Daphne mezereum rootstock is not recommended because the resulting plants are short-lived. It needs a gravelly or stony, well-drainedand sunny situation, and is generally planted to form large cushions in rock gardens.