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Uses

Toxic parts

All parts of the plant are poisonous[1]. Skin contact with the sap can cause dermatitis in some people[2][1].

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Daphne odora.

Material uses

The flowers are very fragrant, they are put in sachets and used for pot-pourri. They are also used to perfume water[3][4]. The cultivar 'Aureo-marginata' can be used as a ground cover when planted about 1 metre apart each way[5].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The flowers and the stems are anodyne, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, depurative and ophthalmic[6]. A decoction is used in the treatment of backache, myalgia, skin diseases, poor vision etc[6][7].

A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of laryngitis and sore throats[7].

A decoction of the roots and leaves is used in the treatment of sore throat and caked breast[7].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe with the pot sealed in a polythene bag to hold in the moisture. Remove this bag as soon as germination takes place[8]. The seed usually germinates better if it is harvested 'green' (when it has fully developed but before it dries on the plant) and sown immediately. Germination should normally take place by spring, though it sometimes takes a further year. Stored seed is more problematic. It should be warm stratified for 8 - 12 weeks at 20°c followed by 12 - 14 weeks at 3°c. Germination may still take another 12 months or more at 15°c[8]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Grow the plants on in the greenhouse for their first winter and then plant out in spring after the last expected frosts.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm long at a node or with a heel, July/August in a frame.

Layering

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Cultivation

Prefers a cool, lime-free well-drained friable soil[9] and some shelter from cold winds[10]. Succeeds in full sun or semi-shade[11].

This species is not generally hardy in Britain[9] but succeeds outdoors in Devon and Cornwall[12], tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c[1]. The cultivar 'Aureo-marginata' is hardy to about -13°c when grown in a very well-drained soil and it succeeds outdoors at Wisley[1]. Plants can be difficult to establish[5]. A very ornamental plant, a number of named forms have been developed for their ornamental value[13]. The flowers are powerfully fragrant with a spicy undertone[14]. Plants seldom set fruit in British gardens[11]. Plants are resentful of root disturbance and should be planted into their permanent positions as soon as possible[15].

This species is often affected by virus diseases. Some virus-free clones have been produced, their name is normally followed by the letters FKV (free of all known virus)[16].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Daphne odora. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Daphne odora.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Daphne odora
Genus
Daphne
Family
Thymelaeaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
7
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    4. ? 4.04.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.15.2 Thomas. G. S. Plants for Ground Cover J. M. Dent & Sons ISBN 0-460-12609-1 (1990-00-00)
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    9. ? 9.09.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    10. ? Taylor. J. The Milder Garden. Dent (1990-00-00)
    11. ? 11.011.1 Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V. Gardening on Walls Collins ISBN 0-00-219220-0 (1983-00-00)
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    13. ? Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    14. ? Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
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