Daphne odora ‘Marginata’

Variegated Winter Daphne
Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

3-4′ x 3-4′


Partial Sun, Partial Shade


Medium, Low Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Winter, Spring

Special Features

Low Water Use, Deer Resistant

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

4-10, 12, 14-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderate-growing evergreen shrub to 3-4’ tall and wide. Best-suited to cooler climates, this attractive variety forms a uniformly-rounded mound of glossy, leathery, deep-green leaves with narrow yellow margins. While its variegated foliage is attractive in its own right, this variety is most greatly-prized for its dense clusters of rosy-pink flower buds that open to heavily-scented, star-shaped white flowers appearing in winter and early-spring. A truly unique fragrance unlike any other. A fast-draining, evenly-moist, neutral PH soil is essential for this species to prosper. Too much summer watering in warmer climates will lead to a weak, less-floriferous specimen. Well-suited in mixed borders, as an accent, foundation or patio container specimen. Great for planting near windows or patios where its intoxicating fragrance can be enjoyed. Prefers a partial sun to light shade exposure, avoiding areas that receive hot afternoon sun. Deer resistant.

USDA Zone: 7A-9B
Sunset Zone: 4-10, 12, 14-24

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