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Daphne retusa

Daphne retusa
Daphne retusa
Daphne retusa

Family thymelaeaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z6-9)
Flowers white (April-May)
Size 2-3'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil, not too dry
From seed warm and cold stratification probably required for germination
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-November

Species whose evergreen leaves are glossy, smallish and elongated-rounded. We raised ours from seed; the plants took four or five years to reach blooming size, but it has been well worth the wait. The buds start off purple-pink, but the flowers open white. Three specimens live in three different parts of our garden, and they all appear to survive our winters.

Daphne retusa
Daphne retusa
Late February, after an ice storm, the leaves are looking a bit tattered, but gleam nonetheless with a reddish-brown and green medley.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '02 trade. Pot 70F, moved to outside early winter. 30%G in early summer
  2. Seed from '06 garden. Scraped window in seedcoats with knife; baggy 70F (4w) - 35F (14w) - 70F (25%G, 18d)
  3. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 35F (12w) - 70F (87%G, 4-7d)

A long cold stage seems to do the trick. The seeds may collect some mold along the way, which can simply be washed off - it doesn't appear to affect germination.

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