Possibly the most strongly perfumed of the genus and the most commonly grown in Australia, mainly in the cooler, south-east. This Eurasian based genus contains slightly fewer than 100 species, about ten of which are held in the ‘living collection’ at either the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney or the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.
Winter daphne comes with a reputation for being difficult in cultivation. Plants can die quickly and seldom last more than ten years.
The best advice seems to be: do not disturb the roots; provide fertile, well-drained soil, morning sun, shelter from afternoon heat and water; not too much and not too little! And, don’t feel too bad if it dies as you will be in very good company.
CAUTION: The sap is a skin irritant.
Daphne x burkwoodii flowers here in May and amethyst-coloured flowers clothe the bare branches of Daphne genkwa in September.
Available from some cool-climate plant nurseries.