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Genus of about 100 species of deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen shrubs from Europe, northern Africa and temperate and subtropical Asia.
Their main attraction is the clusters of usually heavily scented flowers. Some have variegated leaves. They can be grown in borders, rock gardens and in a woodland setting.
The "Eternal" series are a result of a successful 30 year breeding programme to produce a free-flowering Daphne more tolerant of a wide range of soil and garden conditions.
All are attractive to bees and other insects, the earlier bloomers being particularly useful.
D. mezereum, Mezereon, is the native. Found in woods on calcareous soils is very rare.
Semi-evergreenKeeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowGrown for their tubular, usually very fragrant, flowers in colours varying from red-purple to pink, white, yellow, lavender-pink and lilac.Pests & DiseasesAphids, leaf spot, grey mould, viruses.Place of originEurope and northern Africa.
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilHumus rich but not dry. Mulch to keep roots cool.Neutral soil preferredTo slightly alkaline or slightly acidic
Buy Varieties of DAPHNE
very pale pink flowers fading to white
heavily scented white flowers in winter
large and showy intensely fragrant purplish pink flowers
purple-pink in bud, opening paler with white to purple tones. Richly scented and floriferous
deep purple-pink, darker in bud. Comparatively large flowers and highly scented
pure white flowers on this early flowering and highly scented shrub
bushy habit and clusters of yellow flowers in late spring to summer followed by red fruits
scented purplish-red flowers
fragrant with reddish-purple flowers
leaves have a yellow margin which becomes creamy-white with age
(var leucantha) - pure white flowered form
compact habit and attractive creamy-yellow edged green leaves. Profuse dark pink, strongly fragrant flowers
('Rogbret'). - green leaves with broad golden yellow margins. Very fragrant tubular pink flowers in late winter, early spring
large clusters of very fragrant white flowers with a hint of pink at the centre
flowers tinged pink. Glorious scent