Daphne odora

Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata' 2011-01-25

Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata' 2011-01-25

Daphne odora, or winter daphne, is a charming, small, evergreen shrub.

It has light pink flowers and attractive foliage with yellow edges, but the compelling reason to love it is its fresh, lemony fragrance in early spring.

This plant requires very little water. Daphne has a reputation for being difficult to grow, but this Daphne odora ‘Aureo-marginata’ cultivar has done well near the front entrance of the house, where it offers up its lovely scent as one walks by.

Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus:  Daphne
Species: D. odora
Cultivar: Daphne odora ‘Aureo-marginata’

Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata' 2011-01-25

Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata' 2011-01-25

Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata' 2010-03-11

Just after planting 2010-03-11

Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata' 2010-03-11

Blooming at planting time 2010-03-11

3 thoughts on “Daphne odora

  1. Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

    Daphne odora is one of my favorite all time shrubs. I had five very large specimens in a semi-circle at the end of my peony garden. They were the most asked about plants in my garden. However, daphnes don’t like to be disturbed and when white pine branches dropped on them they slowly died off. I am replanting this spring.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Carolyn, your arrangement of daphnes next to a peony garden sounds lovely. (Peonies are something I’d like to add to my garden eventually.) It’s a good time now to plant daphnes in central NC. I was inspired to write this post after seeing them for sale during a recent visit to my favorite garden center. Thanks for your comment, first one for my pbmGarden blog.

  2. greenbenchramblings

    Daphnes are wonderful little shrubs. i love their subtlety and of course their scent. We grow Daphne mezereum and Daphne bhulata “Jacqueline Postill”, neither of which are in flower yet with us. We found a white flowered version of mezereum in a garden we visited at the weekend. Look out for my blog about Swallow Hayes a super winter garden – should post it in next few days.


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