• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Flowers
    Blooms:
    Early spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:DAF-nay o-DO-ra OW-ree-o-mar-gi-NAH-ta
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 10, 12, 14 - 24, 31
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Early spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Design 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.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.