Daphne, Fragrant Daphne, Variegated Winter Daphne 'Aureo-Marginata'

Daphne odora

Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Daphne (DAF-nee) (Info)
Species: odora (oh-DOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureo-Marginata
Additional cultivar information:(aka Marginata)
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade



Good Fall Color


Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Wetumpka, Alabama

Antelope, California

Auberry, California

Castro Valley, California

Chowchilla, California

Granite Bay, California

Lake Nacimiento, California

Los Gatos, California

PASO ROBLES, California

Petaluma, California

Sacramento, California

San Anselmo, California

Pensacola, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Buford, Georgia

Colbert, Georgia

Conyers, Georgia

Dallas, Georgia

Cary, North Carolina

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Kannapolis, North Carolina

Vass, North Carolina

Salem, Oregon

Conway, South Carolina

Inman, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Lexington, Virginia

Mc Lean, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

Stafford, Virginia

Anacortes, Washington

Bothell, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Quilcene, Washington

Seattle, Washington(2 reports)

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 12, 2016, czelus from Paso Robles, CA wrote:

My Daphne is about 16 years old and has been spectacular in bloom and throughout the year with it's variegated leaves brightening the shade. But this fall and winter it became very lean, dropped many of it's leaves, didn't even try to bloom, and looked like It would kick the bucket. We're going into our fifth year of drought here in CA and it's under mature trees. I am irrigating it a little more, and the leaves look a bit better, but it's just a sad ghost of the plant it was previously. I'm wrestling with just digging it out and buying a replacement, since it's given me a good many years. I love this plant, it's blooms draw people in from the street to find out what the heavenly fragrance is, and I really missed it this year.


On Sep 10, 2015, lfunnyfarm from Buford, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Winter daphne is a nice looking, evergreen shrub that produces exquisite smelling flowers in January/February (zone 7b or 8a).

From what I've read, daphnes are considered to be a finicky plant. They like part shade and alkaline soil, which is why mine have done well up against the foundation of my house. I think the leachate from the foundation causes an increase in the pH of the soil.

Unfortunately, one of the two daphnes that I have just started wilting and dropping leaves and now, after only two weeks, looks like it will be dead very soon. The other one is perfectly fine. These shrubs are between ten and twenty years old. There have been no cultural changes or severe weather changes here.


On Sep 2, 2011, fixpix from Weston-super-Mare,
United Kingdom wrote:

I think I got this in my garden. Am just not that happy about it.
Still very few leaves on it even now, at end of summer. All crammed at end of branches.
Flowers... well, really early spring blooms, but I think they were attacked by cold. Very few managed to open.
This pic was taken april 6, 2011.


Just doesn't look like most pictures... leaves and flowers at the same time.


On Mar 19, 2011, NWSeattleite from Seattle,
United States (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great plant! Despite its reputation for being unpredictable in nature, I've had wonderful luck with this plant, as well as other Daphnes.

I've planted 8 of this variety in a wide range of soils and exposures (sand, heavy clay, sea water exposure) and all seem to thrive. And the scent is heavenly!


On May 12, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

I have three of these. One, in full shade, has attractive foliage but doesn't bloom. The one in part shade blooms moderately. By the front door, in full sun and poor soil, I have one that blooms profusely from February until May, and has spread to about 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide. The smell is heavenly for about 20 feet in all directions and makes winter feel like spring. It gets no summer water and doesn't mind at all.


On Mar 29, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Reputed to be both hardier and more fragrant than the species daphnes.


On Jun 10, 2006, GeorgiaJo from Dallas, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Winter daphne is one of the very few things I like about winter (am no snow-bunny!). Despite reading (after I bought it) that it can be hard to grow, our Daphne has grown into a real show-stopper!

We planted one about 15 years ago, and it is now about 12 feet around and about 5 feet tall. When it blooms (feb-march), you can smell it from 100 yards.


On Mar 2, 2006, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Atlanta, GA - I bought three small plants last fall and they are all blooming now. I could not resist cutting a flower and bringing it in to admire closeup - then after the blooms had faded I thought "hmmm - put the cutting in a pot under my seed lights?" Now - in just a couple of weeks - I have two very sturdy little plants making nice green growth. Very satisfactory! I plan to do a few more... I have just regular shop lights.


On Apr 4, 2005, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Incredible fragrance almost gets lost in our large yard, but still worth it. Long bloom period in early spring and attractive evergreen, glossy foliage are added bonuses for this plant.