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Daphne Perfume Princess

Perfume Princess - Plant of the year.JPGNew Daphne Perfume Princess® Awarded  "Plant of the Year"

Our new Daphne Perfume Princess® was awarded the prestigious honor of Plant of the Year at the 2016 Australian Nursery and Garden Industry Association’s National Conference, held in Adelaide, South Australia.

"Over the years the awards program has continually evolved, requiring much more
from the entrants. This is principally due to the changing industry environment and
the subsequent demands put on businesses. Their conscious choice to strive for
best practice, sound management, exciting marketing and uncompromising green
life quality is particularly commendable," says Mike Mehigan, President of Nursery & Garden Industry Australia.


Garden guru Don Burke reveals on the TV Program, "A Current Affair", that this is the best plant to hit the Australian market in 50 years.

Perfume Princess - Don Holy Grail.jpg He's so confident in it that he's labelling it the "Holy Grail of Horticulture".

Called the Daphne Perfume Princess, it was bred by New Zealand plant breeder Mark Jury.

During springtime, pretty pink flowers stem from the robust shrub and scent the garden with a perfume, hence the nickname: the Perfume Princess.

It grows best in frost-free conditions, in sun or semi-shade. Once the plant is established, it requires only occasional attention and should only be pruned lightly.

Daphne Perfume Princess is not just any ordinary daphne!

Daphne Perfume Princess is a unique and enchanting daphne that should be on everyone’s list of ‘must have’ daphnes. It’s the earliest and longest flowering of all daphnes, with one of the sweetest fragrances, and is prized for its profusion of large blush pink (softly fading to white) sweet perfumed flowers. This is not just any ordinary daphne! Daphne Perfume Princess™ offers a progression of large blooms along the stem making it a perfect choice to bring cuttings indoors and enjoy the alluringly sweet perfume. It is an excellent performer with upright and slightly spreading attractive evergreen foliage. Positioned in the garden near a window, doorway or path, the sweet scent will add fragrance to your home and garden. Daphne Perfume Princess™ flowers from winter to late spring and is perfect for containers and in the garden.

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Key Features

  • Masses of large flowers open blush pink and fade to white 
  • Highly perfumed  -  with soft citrus undertones
  • Long flowering season
  • Intense clusters of blooms that can also bloom down the stems
  • Considerably more adaptable to difficult conditions than many other daphnes and blooming shrubs. It tolerates a broader range of temperatures - both cold and hot - and bounces back quickly from a hard cut-back when needed, and it establishes itself in new surroundings with a minimum of fuss

Suggested Uses

  • Pots or gardens
  • Ornamental specimen
  • Floral arrangements

Growth Habit

Upright and slightly spreading growing to 4ft h x 3ft w

Flowering Attributes

Masses of blush pink/white florets, which are offset by deeper pink buds, are clustered together in large groups of up to 2.5 inches across.  Flowers are up to 4x the size of traditional daphne blooms. These clusters can be repeated up to 10 times along the stems of established plants (2-3 years old).

Flowering Mid winter to Spring but is known to also spot flower in summer as well


Richly fragrant with soft citrus undertones.  Stunning!


1.5ft spacing.


USDA Zone 7


Not required, however can trim to shape as required after flowering has finished in late spring

Light Needs

Unlike most other Daphne, Perfume Princess can tolerate full sun

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Soil Needs

Performs well in a range of soil types, but prefers slightly acidic soils; avoid very heavy water logged conditions.  When growing in pots,  use a pot with a minimum of 18 inches in width and use a good quality potting mix.

Water Needs

Light to moderate, infrequent watering is best


Slow release fertilizer after flowering.

Disease Tolerance


Pest Issues

Aphids and scale.

Special Care

Performs best with good drainage, so plant in slightly elevated soil beds if planting in the garden.  If you have heavy clay soils,  adding some compost or bark material to the soil prior to planting will help with the drainage.

Botanical Name

Daphne odora x bholua

Varietal/Cultivar Name


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