Daphne laureola


Sp. Pl. 1: 357. 1753.

Common names: Spurge-laurel February daphne
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 385. Mentioned on page 384.

Shrubs to 1.5 m, branches glabrous. Leaves persistent, subsessile; blade obovate, oblong, or lanceolate, 3–8 × 1–1.5 cm, coriaceous, adaxial surface shiny. Inflorescences 2–10-flowered. Flowers sessile or short-pedicellate, appearing after leaves have matured, clustered in axils on current year’s growth; hypanthium yellow-green or yellow, tubular to narrowly funnelform, 3–8 mm, glabrous; calyx lobes ovate, 2.5–4 mm. Drupes black.

Phenology: Flowering late winter–early spring (Feb–Apr).
Habitat: Oak and conifer woods
Elevation: 0–300 m


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Introduced; B.C., Oreg., Wash., s Europe, sw Asia, n Africa, Mediterranean region.


Daphne laureola is locally invasive in the Pacific Northwest.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Lorin I. Nevling Jr. +  and Kerry Barringer +
Linnaeus +
Spurge-laurel +  and February daphne +
B.C. +, Oreg. +, Wash. +, s Europe +, sw Asia +, n Africa +  and Mediterranean region. +
0–300 m +
Oak and conifer woods +
Flowering late winter–early spring (Feb–Apr). +
Introduced +
Daphne laureola +
species +