A Different Daphne

Looking lovely in the garden this week is Daphne sericea (aka, D. collina). Unlike the more commonly grown Chinese native, Daphne odora, this gem hails from the Mediterranean region of Italy, Crete, and a disjunct population in southern Asia Minor. While Daphne odora prefers woodland conditions with only a small amount of sun, this gem requires baking full sun and prefers dry gravely soils. Our soil mix in this area is 50% Permatill. For us, it re-flowers throughout the year. The fragrant, carmine-pink flowers begin for us in mid-March. This gem matures at 18″ tall x 3′ wide. Hardiness Zone 6b-8b, at least.

Daphne sericea

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