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Daphne × hybrida Sweet

Modern name

Daphne × hybrida Calv. ex Sweet


D. dauphinii Hort.

This is an evergreen shrub with very much the aspect of D. odora, between which and D. collina it is supposed to be a hybrid. Its leaves are narrowly oval, 1 to 3 in. long, glossy green above, glabrous. Flowers in a terminal cluster, very fragrant, about the size of those of odora and of a similar colour (reddish purple), but readily distinguished from those of that species by the hairiness of the tube outside, also of the lobes. This character it inherits from D. collina. This hybrid daphne is somewhat hardier than D. odora, but is not really happy out-of-doors near London, needing at least winter shelter there. It is essentially a south and west country evergreen. Propagated by cuttings. Bot. Mag., n.s., t. 320.



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