Mezereon; Daphne Harilik näsiniin Daphne mezereum
Before the trees come into leaf, a sparsely branched low shrub flowers in the still sunny ground layers of the bare mixed forests, sometimes even with only one branch with lilac flowers – the mezereon.
The plant prefers chalk-rich habitats, even mildly fresh but fertile soils – for instance sunny underwoods under hazels.
The mezereon occurs in the whole of
Its flowers remind somewhat of lilac flowers, in colour and a little also in shape. The flowers are attached to the twig in groups of three up to five; they are very strongly fragrant which helps to attract the few early spring pollinators.
At the flowering time oblanceolate leaves begin to develop in the tip of the shoots (see in Arne’s photo).
Beautiful to look at but note that all parts of the mezereon are strongly poisonous to humans .