(Thymelaeaceae). Genus of about 50 species of deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen shrubs from Europe, N. Africa and temperate and subtropical Asia. Found in habitats ranging from lowland woodland to mountains. Grown mainly for their 4-lobed, tubular usually fragrant flowers. Followed by oblong fruits. Simple, linear to ovate entire leaves are alternate. Grown in a rock garden, shrub border or woodland. Soil slightly alkaline to acid. Mulch to keep roots cool as soil should not dry out.
This is one of the most fragrant daphnes, a Chinese species which grows quite happily in shade or dappled sunlight, but prefers some shelter from cold winds. Hardy with creamy-yellow edged evergreen leaves, arranged in neat rosettes. The tubular pinky flowers are small and fragrant, arranged in clusters at the shoot tips, and appearing early in the year. Plants like a cool moist root-run, with good drainage. Full sun or part shade. Flowers December to March. Eventual Ht 1.5m/3'. Sold in 9cm pots