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Daphne Plants

Daphne Plant in Flower


In late winter the fragrance of Daphne plants can fill the garden. Perhaps the ultimate shade loving winter flowering plant for perfume, although some species do grow well in the sun. The newer cultivars available for sale such as 'Eternal Fragrance' are more sun tolerant than others.

A sprig of daphne in the house adds a lovely perfume, and plants that are grown near pathways or in a pot near a door provide a sweet scent during winter.

Although Daphne Plants are attractive with nice glossy foliage it is the small flowers that are the main reason for buying these plants. Daphne require a humus rich moist soil in a semi shaded or dappled shade position.

Be aware that not all daphne are fragrant, and not all daphne are evergreen . The most common fragrant species is Daphne Odora and its many cultivars, all readily available for sale online.

Daphne odora does make an excellent plant near a pathway or an entrance where the perfume can be appreciated. And like many species it can be grown in a container if required.

Daphne Odora and Daphne x. burkwoodii or 'Carol Mackie Daphne' are two of the most popular Daphne plants available for sale in the US. Sometimes seen as ‘difficult to grow’, given the right conditions and a little care they will reward you with masses of flowers.

Seen as winter flowering shrubs, this is true for many species, although not all.


  • Daphne Odora is a winter flowering daphne suited to Zone 7 and prefers a shaded woodland position. Evergreen and fragrant with nice glossy foliage, well suited to next to a path where its fragrance can be appreciated.
  • Another favourite is Daphne x. burkwoodii or 'Carol Mackie Daphne' The 'Carol Mackie form' has lovely cream margins to the leaves, slow growing and flowering in spring to summer. This plant has beautiful pink flowers
  • Daphne collina is a lovely low growing summer flowering daphne with lilac flowers).
  • Daphne genkwa is a species that loves sun and thrives in drier conditions.
  • Also consider the wonderful low growing species Daphne cneorum sometimes available for sale form Mail Order Nurseries.

Daphne Problems

Yellow leaves on Daphne plants can be caused by a number of factors.

  • In winter as the flowers appear Daphnes will shed a few of the older leaves and these will go yellow.

  • Yellow leaves can also be caused by poorly drained soil, the solution here is to improve the drainage by amending the soil structure or planting the daphne in a raise the garden bed.

  • A mineral deficiency which causes a lack of iron or magnesium is another common problem.

    This can be overcome by applying a all purpose Camellia / Azalea fertiliser, or some iron chelate.
    Epsom salts used as a foliar sprays another solution, however usually a short term solution.

More Info on Daphne Varieties

Daphne Plants are available fro sale from the following nurseries

PO Box 20250 Keizer OR 97307 phone: 503-463-8602 fax: 503-390-0028
Rare plants from unusual places!  Daphne, Hebe, Dwarf Conifers, and Bonsai starts.