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Winter daphne

Daphne odora

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Winter daphne is part of the Daphne genus and its scientific name is Daphne odora.

Evergreen shrub that produces pink buds that open to white flowers.1 The flowers are produces in a cluster, are very fragrant and appear in winter and early spring.1 Makes a great foundation plant for dappled shade.2

Winter daphne grows as an evergreen and is a flower / ornamental. Being an evergreen plant, it will keep its leaves throughout the year.

Winter daphne normally grows with a shrub-like habit to a mature height of 75.0 cm (that's 2.44 feet imperial). Expect blooming to occur in late winter.

Aureomarginata, Zuiko Nishiki, Mae-jima, Alba and Marginata are some of the most popular varieties of Winter daphne for home gardeners to grow.

Typically, Winter daphne is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Winter daphne have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Winter daphne

  • Partial Sun

  • Dappled Sun

  • Low

Requires well draining soil.1 If your soil is not well draining dig an extra large hole and backfill with coarse bark or gravel and place your plant in the middle. Alternatly (or along with the previous suggestion) you can plant your daphne on a mound or in a raised bed to ensure good drainage.1 You may also keep your daphne in a large planter with a well draining potting mix consisting of at least 50 percent bark1, replace soil every few years when bark becomes waterlogged. Alternatly use pearlite instead of bark. Daphne may also be a candidate for semi hydro culture.

Mulch the plant well to keep the roots cool.1

Feed with a well balenced fertilizer after bloom, do not use an acid lovers fertilizer as they prefer a neutral pH.

Prune as nessasary right after blooming.1

Do not over water in summer. Keep watered just enough to prevent wilting.1

A partial sun / dappled sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Zone 7 to 8 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Winter daphne requires a loamy soil with a ph of 6.5 - 7.5 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Winter daphne is thought of as half hardy, so it will need cloching or fleece protection when the temperature dips.

See our list of companion Plants for Winter daphne to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Winter daphne from seed

Transplanting Winter daphne

likes morning sun and afternoon shade, but tolerates a variety of light conditions. Needs good drainage. Do not overwater.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Winter daphne is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Winter daphne


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Other names for Winter daphne

Fragrant daphne, february daphne, Daphne


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