Genus: Daphne

Daphne

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
(Daphne)
DAF-nee
Thymelaeaceae
Shrubs in the genus Daphne are gems in the open woodland and shrub border, or for specimen planting. Their four-lobed flowers range from white and pink to lavender, many of which give off an intoxicating fragrance. Daphnes have the reputation of being finicky and perishing without warning, but in general, they are beautiful, low-maintanence shrubs.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Alluring flowers with heavy fragrance; many are specimen shrubs.
Care:  Moderately fertile, well-drained soil; full or part sun.
Propagation: 

Sow seed in a cold frame when fresh; take softwood cuttings in early summer and hardwood cuttings in late summer.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Daphne

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Winter daphne
Daphne odora
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Winter daphne
Daphne odora 'Marginata'
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Daphne  × burkwoodii 'Briggs Moonlight'
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Daphne  × burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'
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Daphne  × transatlantica 'Summer Ice'
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'Jim's Pride' daphne
Daphne  × transatlantica 'Jim's Pride'
Problems: 

Southern blight, Verticillium wilt, crown and root rot, Botrytis twig blight, aphids, and scale.