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PlantFiles: Winter Daphne, Fragrant Daphne
Daphne odora

Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Daphne (DAF-nee) (Info)
Species: odora (oh-DOR-uh) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

20 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral bolingbrook On Jul 8, 2012, bolingbrook from Cleveland Heights, OH wrote:

I am new to DG. Not sure how to initiate a stream of chat yet. I am looking for deer resistant plants and internet mentioned the daphne odora. But I am in Zone 6 in Northeast Ohio. (Of note this area was recently changed from Zone 5 to Zone 6; global warming in action.)
Any other daphnes or other plants that tolerate zone 6? I have heard deer hate the smell of lemon... Thanks.

Positive t_achurch On Jan 17, 2011, t_achurch from Hillsboro, OR wrote:

We moved into this house in Hillsboro Or (near Portland) in July. In November I wondered whether I should prune the three inconspicuous and unfamiliar small shrubs planted by the garage. I let them be. This morning, January 17th, I smelled an intoxicating aroma in the garage which became even stronger when the doors were opened. Those small shrubs covered in tiny white flowers were the source.

I have spent a pleasant half hour identifying these, now precious, 'unfamiliar, shrubs, discovering Dave's garden in the process.

Positive GeorgiaJo On Oct 7, 2006, GeorgiaJo from Dallas, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Ours is at least 6' across, probably 15 years old now. We never fertilize or water it and it thrives in light filtered shade. The aroma is incredible. A friend said she can walk down our road blindfolded and know when she's at our driveway - just by the aroma. The blooming generally starts early February and last for at least a month. Absolutely heaven. And, after blooming is finished, it's still a beautiful bush with bright glossy green leaves. No pests, no problems.

Positive ladyannne On May 2, 2005, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Can't have enough Daphne. I live for the late January bloom when the plant is in the winter greenhouse and you get pleasantly bowled over by the fragrance. The greenhouse is attached to the house, so I open all the windows and get Daphne smell through out the house. Can't have enough Daphne.

If the plant lives for two years, we are doing it right. Avoid transplanting, allow the roots to breathe (out of the direct sun) and the less water during the summer means more blooms the next winter. Take cuttings after bloom for more, more, more Daphne!

Positive pokerboy On Jun 28, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have a quite large 20 year old Daphne odora plant growing in my backyard which receives winter sun and summer shade. Sometimes, in the summer when we go away on holidays, its soil can be bone dry for around a month, but it still grows happily. We don't even fertilize it!!! You wouldn't think that a plant that is so dainty would survive such tough, poor conditions. Well, it does in my garden in zone 8b. pokerboy

Positive Pollygardening On Apr 17, 2004, Pollygardening from RICHMOND, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

These are gorgeous additions to my garden here in Richmond, VA - zone 7b. My beautiful leaf is variegated and the plants grow well above three feet. From February through March the whole patio is full of their scent -- an incredible promise of Spring!

Positive philomel On Apr 24, 2003, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the Daphne to have if you have no other. It flowers very early and has the most delicious scent. It also strikes easily from cuttings in my experience.
It appreciates a warm situation where it can bask in the summer sun


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Elmore, Alabama
Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Clovis, California
Davis, California
Merced, California
Rocklin, California
Atlanta, Georgia
Colbert, Georgia
Covington, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
Baltimore, Maryland
Brooklyn, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Marion, North Carolina
New Bern, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Gresham, Oregon
Hillsboro, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Charleston, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Gray Court, South Carolina
Newberry, South Carolina
Salem, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Arlington, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Seattle, Washington
Stanwood, Washington

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