Variegated Winter Daphne
Variegated Winter Daphne
Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata'Item #3152 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
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Evergreen shrub prized for rosy-pink flower buds that open to white, sweetly fragrant flowers in winter and early spring. Foliage is attractively variegated with a yellow margin. A great foundation plant for the dappled shade garden. Beautifully featured against a wall or near a patio or deck where its fragrance can be appreciated.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:DAF-nay o-DO-ra OW-ree-o-mar-gi-NAH-taPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:4 - 10, 12, 14 - 24, 31Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Easy CareFoliage color:VariegatedBlooms:Early springFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesFragrantDesign IdeasDaphne is ideal for north- and east-facing beds, against walls and around patio and deck edges, where its scent is enjoyed up close. As a specimen, its variegated leaves are good for lightening shade- garden plantings. Try in groups of three at corners and transitions from path to patio. Can even grow in well-drained containers.Companion PlantsA perfect light-shade garden plant dainty enough to go with most Azalea, Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Burgundy Lace'), the tiny Bloodstone Thrift (Armeria maritima 'Bloodstone'), Fanal Astilbe (Astilbe x arendstii 'Fanal'), with its showy red plumes, Alaskan Fern (Polystichum setiferum) and Green Sheen Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen'), a groundcover with glossy green leaves.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Winter daphne is native to China and has been described in that culture's literature and pharmacopoeia for a thousand years. It was also depicted on a Japanese scroll in 1309. the plant was named by Thunberg who first saw it in 18th century Japan and described it in his work, Flora Japonica. The plant was first introduced into Britain via Kew in 1771. The genus contains about 50 species.Lore:Daphne is named for a female figure in Greek mythology.