Daphne mezereum Thymelaeaceae
February Daphne, Mezereon DAF-ne me-ZEE-ree-um
- Semi-evergreen to deciduous shrub, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) high, similar width. Leaves alternate, simple, 3.5-9 cm long
and 0.5-3 cm wide, obtuse to acute, dull blue-green, gray-green below. Flowers lilac to rosy purple, very fragrant, each
13 mm across, grouped in 2-3, from buds on the upper portion of leafless stems in winter. Red fruit matures in early summer.
- Part shade, needs good drainage.
- Hardly to USDA Zone 4 Native to Europe and Siberia.