Variegated Winter Daphne
Variegated Winter Daphne
Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata'Item #3152 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
Beautiful rosy-pink flower buds that open to white, sweetly fragrant flowers in winter and early spring. Attractive yellow-margined, variegated foliage. A great foundation plant for dappled shade gardens. Locate against a wall or near a patio or deck where its fragrance can be appreciated. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower to 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:DAF-nay o-DO-ra OW-ree-o-mar-gi-NAH-taDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:4 - 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 12, 12, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 21, 22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 24, 31, 31Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:VariegatedBlooms:Early SpringFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesFragrantGarden styleRusticDesign 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 PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Camellia (Camellia); Azalea (Azalea); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Astilbe (Astilbe)
- 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 shade to 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.