Spurge-laurel - Daphne laureola


Daphne laureola is an evergreen shrub to 1.2 metres with glossy, dark green leaves clustered at the top of each stem.  It has greenish-yellow, tubular, four lobed flowers which are borne in clusters of 3 to10 in the axils of the upper leaves. The flowers are followed by green, egg-shaped berries that turn black when ripe in late summer. Poisonous to humans but not to birds.

Identification difficulty

Woodland and hedges on calcareous soil.

When to see it

Flowers in winter, often in January.

Life History

Evergreen shrub.

UK Status

Widespread but occasional in much of England, less widespread in Scotland and Wales.

VC55 Status

Infrequent, possibly nearly scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland and possibly declining. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 17 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Common names
Species group:
Trees, Shrubs & Climbers
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
29/01/2017 (Grimes, Martin)
Last record:
17/02/2024 (lemmon, roy)

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