Daphne odora

Daphne odora In the middle of winter Daphne odora is a stand out in the garden, as well as in nurseries where perfumed winter flowing plants can be the main attraction during colder months.

One of the most popular fragrant plants Daphne odora flowers from winter to spring. Waxy white and pink flowers and attractive mid green foliage make this a useful plant for the shaded border or for growing in containers.

Often seen as 'difficult to grow', 'fussy' and 'sulking' Daphne odora is actually not that hard to maintain if you follow a few basic rules.

Firstly consider that d.odora is not very hardy in exposed cold positions. However in the right position it is regarded as long lived and easy care.

Daphne odora Care

Basic care factors include;

Daphne are one of the most popular of all the fragrant flowering plants with blooms that appear in the winter. Like most, but not all Daphne plants d.odora prefers a shaded position in a moist but well drained soil.

Given the dampness of the UK winter, it can be advisable to plant d.odora on a mound to improve drainage.

You will almost never need to water them, although a little liquid seaweed fertilizer in summer and when first planted will be beneficial.

Protection from freezes is important, so a sheltered position, or perhaps container growing and moving to a protected position in the depths of cold winters.

Daphne odora Propagation

Fairly easy from semi hardwood cuttings best taken from late spring through summer.

Pruning Daphne odora

This is a slow growing plant that generally does not require any pruning at all. Removal of any damaged growth or dead wood is all that is required.

Daphne odora varieties

The two main varieties are d.odora variegata and d.odora marginata, although a number of named cultivars are also available