Spurge laurel now in bloom

11th March 2006, Saturday

That unassuming evergreen shrub spurge laurel Daphne laureola is already in bloom, its small flowers nestling in the leaves at the tips of the shoots.  I know of only one wild plant in a wood in Sedlescombe, though it is not uncommon elsewhere in Kent and Sussex.  There are also examples in hedges at Broad Oak Brede and elsewhere locally that are probably garden escapes.  The flowers are followed by black berries that are poisonous, as are all parts of the plant.

Spurge laurel, Daphne laureola.  Sedlescombe, 10 March 2006