Mezereon (Daphne mezereum), commonly known as the February Daphne for its late winter flowering, is a small, semi-evergreen, deciduous shrub with an upright, bushy growth habit that usually grows 3 to 5 feet tall and wide.

Mezereon Flowers

It is native to the forests, forest edges, and shrub areas of Western Asia and Europe. Daphne is a genus of 70-95 species[1] of shrubs in the family Thymelaeaceae.

Daphne Mezereum

The dark green oblanceolate leaves are up to 3.5-inches long, spiraling along the stems. The fragrant pink to reddish-purple flowers (up to 1/2″ wide each) bloom in stemless clusters (2 to 4 flowers per cluster) from the end of March to early April before the leaves appear.

February Daphne

The flowers are typically followed by small fruits (drupes up to 3/8″ long) that ripen in June. Mezereon is also known as Milkweed Laurel.

Mezereon Flowers

Suggested Reading: Different Kinds of Flowers

Milkweed Laurel

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Key References
  • [1]“Daphne mezereum (mezereon)”. Accessed December 01, 2021. Link.


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