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Daphne gnidium - L.

Common Name Flax-Leaved Daphne
Family Thymelaeaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are poisonous[76]. Skin contact with the sap can cause dermatitis in some people[200].
Habitats Grows with other evergreen shrubs on shallow, stony soils, often on hillsides.
Range S. Europe, N. Africa and W. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Daphne gnidium Flax-Leaved Daphne


http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talmont-Saint-Hilaire
Daphne gnidium Flax-Leaved Daphne
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talmont-Saint-Hilaire

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Daphne gnidium is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).
Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Cancer

The plant contains toxic compounds that are being investigated for anti-leukaemia effects[238].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

Cultivation details

Prefers a well-drained but moisture-retentive slightly acid to slightly alkaline soil[200]. A good sandy loam suits most members of the genus[11]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c, it should succeed outdoors in the milder areas of the country[238]. Plants are resentful of root disturbance and should be planted into their permanent positions as soon as possible[188]. The flowers, which are produced in terminal clusters, are sweetly scented[245].

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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[164]. 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[164]. 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, July/August in a frame. Root cuttings, December in a greenhouse.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Daphne oleoides Shrub1.0 7-10  MHNDM11 
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Daphne pseudomezereum Shrub1.5 5-9  MHSM00 
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Melissa Harvey   Mon Feb 24 16:48:32 2003

I was looking for information about this plant as I had heared that they use is as a dye in Algeria. I notice that this was not mentioned in your list of uses. I have found little other information about it on the web, but it is mentiones in the proceedings for the conference of Dyes in History and archaeology. The name also brings up many sites in French which I can't understand. DO let me know if you find any further information on this. Many thanks.

   Sun Aug 8 04:40:54 2004

It appears to be used to relax curly hair. Here's the link: http://store.yahoo.com/treasuredlocks/naturalrelaxer.html

Natalie Revis   Sat Oct 16 04:36:16 2004

This plant is used explicitly for a "natural relaxer" for hair. Supposedly, it is in a grounded herb form. Is this possible since it is so poisonous?

Thank you - Natalie Revis

~Prada3721   Tue Dec 19 2006

I too saw that it was being marketed as the main ingredient in a natural relaxer, but now I'm quite alarmed that the point is considered a dermatic poison. . . Hmm anyone else have any other information?

Jayda   Thu Apr 12 2007

I to have heard that it is the main ingredient used in a natural hair relaxer, is it still harmful in this form of usage?

Sondra   Sun Dec 9 2007

I too am curious to try this product, actually I have it on my head right now and I am under a heat cap for 1/2 hour. when reading on the jar of the product, I thought all ingredients were required to be listed.....nothing is listed...it is only in the FAQ section of the phamplet. I too have concern about the use, since it is posion...Is this only the sap or what happens when plant is ground to a fine powder. As we know wht we put on our skin, goes into our bodies as well. SOMEONE PLEASE RESPOND

Jas   Mon Sep 15 2008

I've used the Natural Laxer, which is just the daphne gnidium dried and ground into a powder, and have never regretted my decision. Always to a skin test, and you should be fine. I have dermatitis (eczema), and it has never irritated me. Just be sure to wash all clothing and all surfaces when you're done. :)

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