• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Daphne pontica

Twin-flowered daphne

Twin-flowered daphne

© � RHS 1999

  • Other common names Twin-flowered daphne
    Pontic daphne

  • Genus Daphne can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with small, usually very fragrant tubular, 4-lobed flowers, often followed by colourful berries

  • Family Thymelaeaceae / Thymelaeaceae

  • Species D. pontica is a small, rounded evergreen shrub with glossy leaves and abundant clusters of scented yellow-green flowers at the branch tips. Fruits black

  • Plant range Eurasia


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Toxicity All parts including seed toxic by ingestion and contact with sap may irritate skin



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Shade

  • Aspect East-facing or North-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Chalk, Clay

  • pHNeutral


  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained but not dry soil in sun or part shade. Mulch to keep roots cool. Tolerant of deep shade. Will not tolerate root disturbance and so resents transplanting

Propagation Propagate by seed in containters in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Greenwood cuttings from spring to early summer and semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Layering from late spring to early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Rock Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1 or Pruning group 8 if necessary. Pruning is best kept to a minimum

Pests Aphids may be troublesome

Diseases Vulnerable to grey mould and a virus

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