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Daphne oleoides - Schreb.

Common Name
Family Thymelaeaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are poisonous[200]. Skin contact with the sap can cause dermatitis in some people[65, 200].
Habitats Dry open slopes in Kashmir, 1700 - 2300 metres[145].
Range S. Europe, N. Africa and W. Asia to the Himalayas.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Daphne oleoides


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Daphne oleoides is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to June. 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 and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

D. buxifolia. Sibth.&Smith. D. glandulosa. D. jasminea. non Sibth.&Smith. D. lucida.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

There is a report that the fruit is eaten, but this report then goes on to say that they cause nausea and vomiting[2]. There is also a report that they can be distilled to make an alcoholic drink[2].

Medicinal Uses

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Purgative  Skin  VD

The roots are purgative[46, 61, 240]. An infusion of the bark and leaves are used in the treatment of cutaneous affections[240]. The leaves are also used in the treatment of gonorrhoea and are applied to abscesses[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

Cultivation details

Prefers a cool lime-free well-drained friable soil[1]. Plants are usually calcicole and require an acid soil[50]. Survives in any well-fed and well-drained soil in sun or part shade according to one report which also says that it is a reliable plant in most parts of the country[182]. This species is not very hardy outside the mildest areas of Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c[200]. Plants are resentful of root disturbance and should be planted into their permanent positions as soon as possible[188]. The flowers have a clove-like perfume[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.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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