spurgelaurel, spurge laurel
- Daphne laureola is an evergreen shrub that can grow from 2-4 ft. (0.61-1.2 m) tall.
- Leaves are whorled, dark green, 1-5 in. (2.5-12.7 cm) long, thick, smooth, and shiny. Stem bark is gray to yellowish in color.
- Flowers are found in clusters of 2 to 10 small, fragrant, and pale green with orange stamens. Blooming occurs from late January to early April.
- Fruits are oval black to bluish berries containing a single seed. Berries ripen in early summer. Plant reproduces by seed as well as by root sprouts.
- Ecological Threat
- Daphne laureola grows best is areas with partial to deep shading such as woodlands. It is native to Europe and the Mediterranean. Be aware, this plant is poisonous to humans and can cause contact dermatitis when touched.
- King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Water and Land Resources Division
- Oregon Department of Agriculture Plant Programs, Noxious Weed Control
- Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board
- USDA NRCS PLANTS
- USDA ARS GRIN
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