Daphne

Daphne burkwoodii 'Somerset'

Daphne - Daphne burkwoodii  'Somerset'

Common Name: Daphne
Genus: Daphne
Species: burkwoodii
Cultivar: 'Somerset'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Clusters of sweetly scented purple-pink flowers with light pink lobes and narrow mid-green leaves. This vase-shaped semi-evergreen May-flowering shrub is particularly suitable where border space is limited. Given an open sunny site with well-drained humus-rich soil it will also occasionally flower in autumn.
  • Other features: all parts of the plant including the seed are highly toxic if ingested; contact with the sap may cause skin irritation; the flowers are followed by blackish-purple fruit

  • Garden care: Keep pruning to a minimum since the plant is very susceptible to die-back. Where necessary after flowering lightly trim back to remove misplaced branches and maintain a compact habit
  • Goes well with: Cyclamen coum, Lonicera x purpussi 'Winter Beauty', Iris danfordiae, Chimonathus praecox, Helleborus argutifolius, Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'.

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