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Mezereon

Daphne mezereum

February daphne, Dwarf bay, Lady's laurel, Mezereum, Mysterious plant, Spurge flax, Spurge olive

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A deciduous shrub with fragrant pretty rosy pink flowers in late winter/early spring on stiff upright branches. This plants attractive berries looking like redcurrants belies the acrid taste. The sap from was used to redden ladies cheeks but long term used damaged blood vessels.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings
Softwood cuttings in early summer & Semi-hardwood heel cuttings in late summer

Special features

Attractive flowers
Late winter/early spring

Geography

Origin
Eurasia

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
A low maintenance plant it suits wall-side borders or flower borders/beds of Wildlife, cottage or urban gardens.

Personality

Family
Thymelaeaceae
Flower colour
Pink
Scent
Strong

Problems

May be affected by grey moulds & viruses

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