Daphne alpina

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Daphne alpina L.

Thymelaeaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   5

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: oblanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: salverform
Fruit: drupe

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Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Euphorbianae
Ordo:
Thymelaeales
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Daphne alpina is a shrub.

Naming

Daphne alpina was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Daphne alpina is a species in the genus Daphne which contains approximately 113 to 277 species and belongs to the family of the Thymelaeaceae (Thymelaea Family). The type species of the genus is Daphne laureola.

Characteristics

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 40 to 60 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Daphne alpina is deciduous. The mid-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are oblanceolate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Daphne alpina produces panicles of white salverform flowers from May to June.

The shrubs carry orange drupes.

Root System

Distribution

Daphne alpina is native to to the mountain regions of France, Italy, Switzerland, Austriam Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Uses

The ornamental value of Daphne alpina lies especially in its fragrance.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Daphne alpina is toxic.

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Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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