Daphne cneorum

Rose Daphne, Garland Flower




  • native to Europe
  • hardy to zone 4

Habit and Form

  • a small, evergreen shrub
  • 6" to 12" tall
  • width at least twice the height
  • long prostrate branches
  • slow growth rate
  • medium texture

Summer Foliage

  • alternate arranged leaves
  • simple, evergreen leaves
  • leaves are up to 1" long and very narrow
  • oblanceolate leaf shape
  • cuneate leaf margin
  • dark green leaf color
  • glaucous underside

Autumn Foliage

  • no fall color, evergreen


  • bright pink flowers
  • 0.5" across
  • fragrant
  • blooms in April and sporadic in summer
  • flowers are clustered in umbels


  • brown drupe
  • rarely fruits
  • not ornamentally important


  • somewhat squared stems
  • reddish brown in color


  • transplant from containers
  • prefers well-drained, moist, pH neutral soil
  • shade
  • prune after flowering

Landscape Use

  • for fragrance
  • groundcover
  • rock garden
  • for flowering effect


  • leaf spot
  • crown rots
  • cankers

ID Features

  • crescent shape leaf scar
  • sessile buds with 4 to 6 exposed scales
  • evergreen, narrow leaves
  • alternate leaf arrangement
  • pink flowers
  • prostrate growth


  • by cuttings
  • by seed


'Alba' - This form is more dwarf in stature and bears white blooms.

'Eximia' - This is an attractive deep pink-flowered selection with slightly larger blooms and leaves.

'Pygmaea' and 'Pygmaea Alba' - These are prostrate forms with smaller leaves and mature sizes, the former bearing white blooms.

'Ruby Glow' - This cultivar only reaches 1' tall and offers dark pink blooms.

'Variegata' (also seen as 'Albomarginata') - This form is very strong-growing for a variegated plant, as the fine-textured, small leaves are edged with white. Other traits are as per the species.

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Citation and Acknowledgements: University of Connecticut Plant Database, http://hort.uconn.edu/plants, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.