DaphneDaphne caucasica

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Daphne caucasica
  • PRONUNCIATION: DAFF-ne kaw-KAW-za-kuh
  • COMMON NAME: Caucasian Daphne
  • FAMILY: Thymelaeaceae
  • NATIVITY: Caucasus
  • GROWTH HABIT: Small rounded shrub.
  • SIZE: 3-4' (6') tall
  • HARDINESS: Zone 6-8
  • CULTURE: Sun to light shade with adequate soil moisture. Light shade in the winter is beneficial. (The north side of a building works well.) Soils should be loose, moist, well drained and near neutral pH. Supposedly Daphne is harder to grow than Kalmia or visa versa. I think Daphne wins as the most difficult!
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Specimen plants that are short lived. Also grown in rockeries.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, oblanceolate, entire, 1-1 3/4". Green above and glacous beneath.
  • FLOWERS: Clustered at the end of branches, white, nicely fragrant. Flowers are most abundant in May and June but substantial flowering occurs throughout the summer and up to frost.
  • FRUIT: Drupe, yellow brown.
  • PROPAGATION: Cuttings, seed.
  • PESTS: Virus may account for sudden, unexplained death of plants.



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