February Daphne, Garland Flower
Daphne mezereum

Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Daphne (DAF-nee) (Info)
Species: mezereum

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

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

Moscow, Idaho

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Babbitt, Minnesota

Helena, Montana

Alfred Station, New York

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Marshfield, Vermont

Kendall, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Apr 8, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A choice but uncommon small shrub famous for its highly fragrant, pink to reddish purple (rarely white) flowers in early spring.

The habit is narrow, upright, vase-shaped, sparsely branched.

Loves cool summers, part/light shade. Performs best in moist, moderately alkaline soils rich in humus and sand. Requires good drainage and cool roots. Hates the hot humid climate of the southeastern US.

These are short-lived plants, generally living less than 10 years. Susceptible to viral infection, so most plants in commerce are seed-grown. Plants can be tempermental, sometimes given to rapid death for no discernible reason.

The scarlet fruits are showy, but like all parts of the plants they are highly poisonous to humans if ingested. Also t... read more