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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
mezereon February daphne
dwarf bay lady's laurel mezereum mysterious plant spurge flax spurge olive
Daphne can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with small, usually very fragrant tubular, 4-lobed flowers, often followed by colourful berries
D. mezereum is a deciduous, rounded shrub to 1.5m. Flowers usually appear before the leaves, purplish-pink or purplish-red, clustered closely in twos and threes from buds on the twigs in early spring, very fragrant, followed by round red berries. Leaves oblanceolate, dull grey-green, short-stalked, to 9cm long
Europe to C Asia
Toxicity All parts highly toxic if ingested, sap may irritate skin
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained but not dry soil in sun or part shade. Mulch to keep roots cool. Establishes best if planted in the spring, resents transplanting so do not move once established
Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Propagate by softwood cuttings in early to midsummer and semi-ripe heel cuttings in mid or late summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders
Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Pruning group 1 or pruning group 8 but keep pruning to a minimum
Pests Aphids may be troublesome
May be affected by leaf spot, grey moulds and a virus
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