Daphne cneorumDaphne cneorum

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Daphne cneorum
  • COMMON NAME: Rose Daphne
  • FAMILY: Thymelaeaceae
  • NATIVITY: Spain to southwest Russia
  • GROWTH HABIT: Low spreading shrub/groundcover.
  • SIZE: 6 - 12" high by 2' in spread
  • HARDINESS: Zone 5 - 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 like soils high in calcium. Plants do not transplant well. Probably best treated as a short-lived plant.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Low specimen plant, rockeries.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, oblanceolate, entire, green above and glaucous beneath, 3/4 - 1" long, about 1/8" wide.
  • BUDS: Sessile, ovoid, 4 - 6 exposed scales.
  • FLOWERS: Clustered on the ends of the branches, rose-pink, 3/8" long. Plants are covered with extremely fragrant flowers in April - May and often again in late summer.
  • FRUIT: Drupe, yellow-brown.
  • PROPAGATION: Cuttings, seed.
  • PESTS:  Leaf spots, crown rot, twig blight, cankers, aphids, mealybugs, scales, and viruses.
    • `Alba' - white flowers.
    • `Eximia' - larger leaves and flowers, buds crimson.
    • `Pygmaea' - prostrate grower.
    • `Ruby Glow' - dark pink flowers.


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