Daphne in white

Daphne Perfume Princess White

A new release! It has been a while since the last new Jury plant hit the garden centres (though there are more in the pipeline) but the latest one is here, albeit only in New Zealand at this stage. What is it? A pure white daphne – the white form of Daphne ‘Perfume Princess’.

Our new white daphne – ‘Perfume Princess White’

Had it been me naming this new daphne, I would have called it Daphne Snow Princess but it wasn’t which is why it is Daphne ‘Perfume Princess White’ which is at least descriptive. And it is true that it is like ‘Perfume Princess’ except in colour so it has the very long flowering season, the ability to flower down the stem, larger individual blooms, fragrance, vigour and health of its older twin sibling.

The original Daphne Perfume Princess, showing the typical colouring of D. odora

New Zealand gardeners love their white flowers but the rest of the world tends to prefer colour, especially those who live in areas which are under snow in winter.

I am told it will be available in Australia towards the end of the year and other countries will follow as stock is built up.

Just a reminder that this is a non-commercial site and if you want this plant, you will need to go to your local garden centres. We stopped mailorder in 2003 and stopped selling any plants at all in 2010. As we are removed now (retired) from production and distribution, I can’t even tell you which garden centres near you currently have it in stock (yes, I do get asked this sort of question on a frequent basis). All I can say is that if you are keen to get a plant, you are more likely to find it in one of the mainstream garden centres, rather than smaller specialist ones or nurseries. And supply will be limited in this first year of release. It is worth having, though. I can say that, at least.

Postscript: Sorry to sound grumpy. It is true, I do get a bit grumpy answering emails and phone calls from people who assume that because I write about a plant, they should be able to order it from us or, failing that, I can advise them where they can source it. Even from overseas, at times! What is it, I wonder, about my site that makes people think I am trying to sell them stuff?

12 thoughts on “Daphne in white

  1. Lisa P

    What a lovely plant – is the fragrance the same? I have admired the Perfume Princess at the Auckland Botanic Gardens which was absolutely covered in blooms last year. My old daphne (there when I bought my home in 1981) suddenly died to my horror last year! I replaced it with the Summer – Autumn flowering Daphne Eternal fragrance which has just motored and has such a divine scent but I will miss it when it stops flowering soon and I do feel that I need to be daphne’d in Winter through Spring aswell. I will keep a look out for your daphne however I will say that the Perfume Princesses are very expensive – $60, which was why I went with the Eternal Fragrance instead. I’m definitely looking for more fragrance for my garden. I have just adored the new fragrant showpiece roses, I replaced a few older roses with them that which had become riddled with disease. The Edgeworthia gardneri that I got from you is still bringing me much joy, How are your camellias doing this year?

    1. Abbie Jury Post author

      $60!!!! That certainly IS expensive but it must have been an advanced grade to be sold at that price? Try a different garden centre. I am sure it is not generally that price. Yes it has the typical odora scent through late autumn, winter and spring.

  2. Marin Longden

    how are they being propagated right now? tissue culture or cuttings? Just curious…Daphnes are one of the most difficult plants for us in Oregon to propagate.

    1. Abbie Jury Post author

      You are not alone in that! When we had the nursery, we did daphnes from cuttings and the failure rate was high, as well as needing different growing strategies to most of the lines we grew. This is why Perfume Princess was such a breakthrough – roots like a weed, as Mark is inclined to say. But realistically now, most are done through tissue culture because modern nurseries have moved away from doing their own propagation and they are getting really good results from tissue culture.

  3. tonytomeo

    That is pretty sharp. I would not have expected it to be so white. To me, ‘normal’ daphne looks less pink than it looks like blushed white. It is grown more for the fragrance than the color anyway, so I really do not care. Anyway, I would expect a white bloom to be a bit blushed or at least creamy. That really looks white. The lack of variegation is nice also. I like the variegation normally, but for us, it had been the only option.

    1. Abbie Jury Post author

      We are not fans of variegations here. The pale bits burn in our bright, unfiltered light (the hole in the ozone layer above our country). But yes, it has come as a remarkable pure white.

      1. tonytomeo

        Oh, I said that wrong. I meant that I like the variegated foliage of the one sort of daphne that we grew. It just happened to look good on daphne. I just thought that more options, including foliage without variegation, would have been nice.
        Some variegation looks nice in the shaded landscapes here, but the variegation of daphne does not add much ‘flash’. I mean, it was just enough to not be straight green, but was not white enough to lighten a shady spot. In my own garden, with few exceptions, I could do without variegation altogether.

  4. elainebolitho

    Delighted to see your post Abbie – and even more so to find that the Perfumed Princess Daphne which I now enjoy seeing outside our dining room window came via the Jury ‘stable.’ It was a brilliant choice for that particular spot after the WCC little yellow diggers damaged the previous evergreen plant there (en route to fix a broken drainage pipe in the lien across our section). That meant WCC had to pay for a replacement plant! Everyone who comes to the front door comments on the wonderful perfume. Thanks to Mark and his successors for developing this.



  5. Peter Maunsell

    Hi Abbie, So sorry, I just read your postscript, and I’ve just prior sent you a message about buying/sourcing vireyas, the thing is no one is selling those lovely fragrant beauties you wrote about so I had to ask the oracle for guidance. Regards Peter

    1. Abbie Jury Post author

      I am no good on supply now, Peter. We are completely out of touch with what is being produced. Your best bet is to try and find an enthusiast who is local to you who may be willing to let you collect some cuttings.

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