DAPHNE continued
last updated 07/11/2013

DAPHNE cneorum var. pygmaea 
The best choice for the small rockery! A slow growing, miniature form with delightful pink flowers seemingly too big for the plant! The habit is interesting too; being not flat growing as the others, but almost pendulous. Grafted to make it easier to grow but therefore not suitable for growing in tufa.

Daphne cneorum pygmaea Alba DAPHNE cneorum var. pygmaea 'Album'
White flowered form of above, but oh, so slow!

Daphne cneorum Ruby Glow DAPHNE cneorum 'Ruby Glow'
This form has been selected for its darker flower colour.

DAPHNE cneorum 'Stasek' 
Following the nomenclature in Robin White's book, please see under Daphne x napolitana 'Stasek'.

DAPHNE cneorum 'Variegata'  
This has creamy yellow margins and rounder leaves. The pink flowers contrast superbly and the whole plant grows much better than one might expect from a variegated form. 

Daphne cneorum Velky Kosir DAPHNE cneorum 'Velky Kosir '
This superb dark flowered form is closest in colour to 'Ruby Glow', but seems to more vigorous. Dare I say it is my current favourite form of cneorum?

DAPHNE cneorum 'Verlotii' x arbuscula 
I can't find this hybrid documented anywhere. Of similar growth habit to D. arbuscula, the leaves are a paler green and narrower. Very scarce indeed.

Daphne collina DAPHNE collina 
Dwarf, dense, compact habit to about 30cm round. Deep green glossy leaves, almost hairy beneath. Masses of rose-purple flowers in May. Sun loving.

Dan Hinkley collected the original seed from which these plants are derived near the Tibetan border with Yunnan in 1998 from over 3000m. Here it grows into a glossy evergreen shrub a little over 1m in all directions and bears clusters of narrowly tubular creamy-white scented flowers seemingly continually throughout the summer, followed by orange-red fruit. We find it to be very shade tolerant and personally I would avoid full sun unless your soil is particularly moisture retentive.

DAPHNE x eschmannii 'Jacob Eschmann'
(D. cneorum x D. blagayana) A spontaneous hybrid raised in Switzerland in the 1960s, this will make quite a large sprawling mound if allowed to grow naturally, even scrambling up through neighbouring plants if allowed. The alternative is to pinch new growth as it extends, to create a bushy framework for the future. Tolerant of sunny conditions, this is extremely floriferous, with large strongly fragrant flowers opening paler from rich pink buds. The main flush in late spring is followed by sporadic flower through the summer.

DAPHNE 'Fragrant Cloud' CD&R 626
A  wild derivative of D. acutiloba, introduced from China by Martyn Rix, the beautiful white flowers in April remind me more of D. blagayana, since they are much larger than most Daphnes. The plant however, is quite upright growing and the evergreen leaves are much larger. The scent is intoxicating. Proving to be well behaved for us, though happier in a shady site, I believe that this showy plant has a fantastic future.

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