Daphne mezereum

Daphne mezereum - February daphne, mezereon


An attractive native species whose habitat is rich groves, daphne produces pink strongly scented flowers before leaf-break. It is one of the first signs in the forests of approaching spring: at Mustila, for example, in April-May at the edges of Pohjoisrinne (Northern Slope), on Pähkinärinne (Hazelnut Slope), or in Alppiruusulaakso (Rhododendron Valley). In autumn it produces red berries which, like the whole shrub, are extremely poisonous.