Daphne Plant

All About the Daphne Plant

The Daphne plant is a divine little addition to your garden that is sure to produce a delightful aroma. With its fragrance being described as sweet and even exotic, one should not be a surprise that it is occasionally referred to as the “romance plant.” This plant is also called the Winter Daphne due to blooms that typically appear in the middle of winter or as late as the beginning of spring. Anyone seeking a beautiful evergreen will love adding the Daphne plant to his or her landscape.

In terms of appearance, you could not ask for a better-looking plant. The buds are frequently described as pink or purple tinted becoming whiter when opened completely. Adding to this appearance are the beautiful, red berries and hunter green shiny leaves. Moreover, its evergreen feature makes it great for viewing year around, obviously minus the flowers during certain seasons (typically from around February through the latter parts of April they are in bloom).

This Daphne plant is best maintained in the somewhat shady areas and requires a good bit of pruning to keep it healthy and full. In terms of height, the plant rarely exceeds six feet tall, typically having an average size around four feet. Along with the shady requirement, the plant is moderate in terms of moisture. Anytime the temperature becomes lower than twenty-five degrees, covering this evergreen is highly recommended.

However, you must realize there are a variety of different Daphne types. Some plants may bloom during the spring, while others may have a different growth pattern and blooming season all together. The information above refers to one of the most common types of Daphne, the Winter Daphne also known as Daphne odora. Below we will explore a couple different types and their specific requirements for care.

The Daphne cneorum may frequently be referred to as the “Rock Daphne” due to its growth in rocky areas. Typically this Daphne plant rarely reaches above a foot high, making it suitable for growing it within a container. This plant requires the soil to be drained very well and loves the sun. The Rock Daphne tends to bloom around April and May, as soon the Winter Daphne flowers start to disappear.

Another plant is the Daphne burkwoodii, which is also known by Daphne somerset. Often blooming twice, during the latter part of the spring and the end of the summer season, like all Daphne plants the fragrance is heavenly with pink-tinted flowers. This type rarely exceeds five feet in height and tends to die out a little during the winter. In terms of sunlight, it may do well in full sun or in partial shade.

When planting any of the Daphne plants listed above, be sure to use lime due to its contents of magnesium and sulfate for best results. The root ball should also be placed so that it is level with the surface.  Furthermore, if you wish to prune the plant it is recommended that you do so as soon as the plants are done flowering for the season. Be sure to mulch without touching the flower itself to prepare it for the cold winter season.

Although these plants make a gorgeous addition to your house and land, be sure to note that the plant itself is poisonous. Be sure to avoid allowing your pets and children to ingest the leaves, flowers, berries, etc. The delightful smell is sure to leaving you in awe, but also attracts butterflies and bees alike. Any variety of this plant is great for families who need a low maintenance plant that will last all year. All in all, most people who plant these beautiful evergreens highly recommend them to their friends and family.