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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