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Daphne caucasica

Caucasian Daphne

Pronunciation
DAFF-ne kaw-KAW-za-kuh
Pronunciation Audio
Family
Genus
Nativity

Caucasus

Growth Habit

Small rounded shrub.

Hardiness
6
Culture

Sun to light shade with adequate soil moisture. Light shade in the winter is beneficial. (The north side of a building works well.) Soils should be loose, moist, well drained and near neutral pH. Supposedly Daphne is harder to grow than Kalmia or visa versa. Daphne wins as the most difficult!

Facultative Status
Prefers moist, well drained, neutral soil
Landscape Use

Specimen plants that are short lived. Also grown in rockeries.

Foliage

Pale green. Alternate, oblanceolate, entire, 1 to 1.75 inches. Green above and glacous beneath.

Flower

Clustered at the end of branches, white, nicely fragrant. Flowers are most abundant in May and June but substantial flowering occurs throughout the summer and up to frost.

Fruit

Drupe, yellow brown, black, or red.

Propagation

Cuttings of all Daphne species are known to be tempermental. Try an IBA of 3000 ppm and place in peat:perlite mix under mist.

Pests
Virus may account for sudden, unexplained death of plants.

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