Daphne mezereum

February Daphne, Mezereon, Paradise Plant

  • Daphne mezereum

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 120 days, cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: Sporadic germination may occur over a 2-3 year period 

Discover the beauty of Daphne mezereum, also known as February daphne, mezereon, spurge laurel, or spurge olive. Native to Europe and western Asia, this deciduous shrub is a stunning addition to any garden or landscape. Growing up to 1.5 meters tall, it features soft, spirally arranged leaves and produces clusters of 1/2" flowers in beautiful lilac or rosy-purple shades, emitting a wonderfully fragrant scent. These flowers bloom in early spring on bare stems before the leaves appear, adding a burst of color to your outdoor space. In June, the plant forms bright red berries that are highly toxic to humans yet attract fruit-eating birds like thrushes, who are immune to their poisonous effects. The berries are then dispersed through the birds' droppings, contributing to the plant's natural propagation. While Daphne mezereum was once used for medicinal purposes, its toxic nature now deems it unsafe for human consumption. Toxic compounds present in the plant, such as mezerein and daphnetoxin, have, however, shown potential anti-leukemia effects in scientific studies. Daphne mezereum thrives in areas with soils derived from limestone and can tolerate various soil types, including loamy and heavy clay soils. It prefers moist soil conditions and can grow in semi-shaded areas. Though toxic, this plant captivates with its delicate beauty and is frequently cultivated for ornamental purposes. Embrace the allure of Daphne mezereum and create a stunning display of color and fragrance in your garden.

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