Daphne laureola L.


Daphne laureola is an evergreen shrub that can grow from 2-4 ft. (0.61-1.2 m) tall.
Leaves are whorled, dark green, 1-5 in. (2.5-12.7 cm) long, thick, smooth, and shiny. Stem bark is gray to yellowish in color.
Flowers are found in clusters of 2 to 10 small, fragrant, and pale green with orange stamens. Blooming occurs from late January to early April.
Fruits are oval black to bluish berries containing a single seed. Berries ripen in early summer. Plant reproduces by seed as well as by root sprouts.
Ecological Threat
Daphne laureola grows best is areas with partial to deep shading such as woodlands. It is native to Europe and the Mediterranean. Be aware, this plant is poisonous to humans and can cause contact dermatitis when touched.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Myrtales
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Daphne
Subject: Daphne laureola L.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
spurge laurel


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