Daphne

Winter Daphne (Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata')

Origins
Native to Europe N. Africa, Himalaya & Asia.
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 7 - 9. Other Daphnes (e.g. Daphne genkwa) can be hardy 5-7, though.
Bloom
December, January, February, March.
Height
10 - 70ft (3 - 20 m).
Cultivation - Sun or semi-shade, rich neutral to acid
soils.
Propagation
By seeds, by cuttings (take green ones in early Summer, and semi-ripe in late Summer), by grafting (graft in Winter), by layering (best in Spring).
Other
Very attractive shrub; variegated leaves, pink, fragrant bloom! Name Daphne comes from Greek mythology (it means laurel), name of a nymph, pursuit by Apollo (after he was struck with Eros' arrow). She was saved by turning into a laurel (plant's leaves do resemble laurel leaves). Despite of Daphnes' medicinal (external & internal) uses, there are some plants in this genus, that are toxic, and we do not recommend this plant for any home made remedies.
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References - Find more about: Hardiness Zones, Myth of Daphne from Wikipedia
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