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Rose Daphne
Daphne cneorum

Family: Thymelaeaceae

Preferred Habitat: prefers moist, rich, sandy, humus, well-drained soils with good drainage

Range: Native range is from Spain to Southwest Russia

Height: up to 1 meter (3 feet)

Leaves: alternate, simple, oblong, grayish-green, 6 cm long, with the foliage often persisting well into December

Flowers: clustered on the ends of the branches, rose-pink, 2 cm long, extremely fragrant flowers in April and May and again in late summer

Fruit: drupe, yellowish brown

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: this species is highly toxic and may be fatal if eaten! All parts of the plant are determined to be poisonous