Daphne pontica L.

Twin-flowered Daphne

Family: Thymelaeaceae

Genus: Daphne

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 3' tall and wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Pale, yellow-green spidery flowers, fragrant, in spring. Green shiny foliage. Showy black fruit, glossy. Needs well-drained soil.

[qutoe: It is the handsomest in foliage of any species of the genus, having, like most of them, fragrant flowers; which begin to shew themlelves with the first budding of the plant in spring, about the first week in March. Like our common Spurge-laurel it delights in shade, making a pretty evergreen shrub, about two feet in height; and grows best in a light loamy soil.] (From Bot. Repos.)


Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 357 in 1753.

Tournefort in his Voyage to the Levant, Vol. III. has described this plant under the name of, Thymelaea Pontica Citrei foliis; Dr. P. Pallas in his Flora Rossica, has likewise figured and described it, under the title it bears in the Sp. Plan. p. 511; from both of whom we learn, that it is a native of the coast of the Black Sea... Although this plant has been long known by name, it had not been seen in England till 1795, a year subsequent to its being sent in seeds to Messrs. Lee and Kennedy, Hammersmith. It flowered for the first time here, in 1798... (From Bot. Repos.)

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