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Daphne cneorum ‘Eximia’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Daphne cneorum ‘Eximia’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Zone
Zones 4-9, 14-17
Partial Sun
Partial
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
All parts, especially fruits, are poisonous if ingested.

Daphne bholua

Garland Daphne
Thymelaeaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Semi-evergreen

DAPHNE

Although some daphnes are easier to grow than others, all require fast-draining soil and careful summer watering. They are generally more temperamental in California than in the Northwest.

Plants respond to heavy pruning but rarely need more than the occasional snip to correct their shape. Cut back to lateral branches or to just above obvious growth buds. You can cut budded branches of deciduous types for forced bloom indoors.

Daphne bholua

Native to Himalayas. Upright growth to 6–12 ft. tall and 5–6 ft. wide, with leathery, dark green leaves to 4 in. long. Clusters of fragrant white flowers with a purplish pink blush appear in late winter. Small blackish purple fruit. Plant in part shade and provide regular water.

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