Syn.: Thymelaea mezereum (L.) Scop., Thymelaea praecox Gilib.
Family: Thymelaeaceae Juss.

Daphne mezereum

Distribution: Europe (excluding the northernmost areas), in Asia from Urals to lake Baikal, apart on Caucasus, Altay and Western China.

Ecology: It grows in deciduous woods from lowlands to mountains. It flowers from March to April.

Description: Deciduous shrub with erect greyish twigs, 30–100(–150) cm tall. Leaves alternate, lanceolate to oblanceolate, pale green. The fragrant rosy-purple flowers appear before the leaves. The fruits are globose, orange-red drupes.

Threat and protection: The Mezereon is an endangered species in some countries (CZ).

Note: All parts of the plant are poisonous. The bark is the medicinal part. A tincture is used in homeopathy.

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These images were taken in Czechia, Brno – Hády, Hrubý Jeseník – Velká kotlina (from 15. 7. to 7. 9. 2003 and from 14. 3. to 28. 3. 2004).