Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate grower to 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Fragrant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Early spring
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.
Special features:Easy Care
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 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:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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.