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Daphne odora Aureomarginata


Purple buds produce pink scented flower in December

One of the original varieties and one of the easiest daphnes to grow. This plant makes a handsome mound of glossy, olive green leaves that have a glistening, pale yellow edge. The soft purple flowers appear in clusters that stud the branches in December and January. One of the best shrubs for scent in the spring garden.


Grow this beauty in a sunny border or large container where the scent can be appreciated - passers by will love to bury their noses in the blooms and inhale the sweet perfume. Give it shelter from cold winter winds.


Best in good well drained soil. Water occasionally in prolonged dry spells. Daphnes like cool roots so mulch around the base of the plant each spring and autumn with bark chippings. Use ericaceous compost if growing in a container.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering December - February
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous CAUTION Toxic if eaten,Skin irritant
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September