From the thymeleaceae family, the daphne plant (daphne) is native to Europe, North Africa and Asia. This little daphne shrub resists well to winter during which it perfumes the gardens of scented fragrances.
The varieties of daphne
There are around fifty varieties of daphne around the world but only a few species in France such as daphne aureola, gentile wood, a very fragrant plant with the Latin name of daphne mezereum, daphne cneorum, daphne oleoides or daphne striata . Certain dwarf varieties such as daphne cneorum f. alba or daphne cneorum var. pygmaea are plants for rock garden. The very fragrant flowers range from pink to white through black depending on the variety and the most fragrant of which is that of the daphne odora shrub which is a protected species in France.
The size of the daphne
The daphné minain reaches 20 cm at maturity while thedaphne shrub climbs up to 1.5 m high and 1.5m wide. He doesn't need any pruning, and a slightly brutal cut may kill him.
Planting and caring for daphne
Daphne thrives in well-drained cool soil with humus or even limestone. It does not support direct sun and prefers a more shaded or semi-shaded corner. If propagation by cuttings or layering is possible, prefer nonetheless propagation by seed. He supports very badly the transplantation and it will be preferable to choose him a final location. Very sensitive to excess water, it is mainly planted from September to October or from March to April and offers flowering from December to June depending on the variety. Daphne requires little care apart from mulching the roots in summer to keep its roots cool.
If neglected, the daphne withers away from aphids, fungi or viruses. It also happens that a branch or the entire shrub dies suddenly.