mezereon, mezereum, paradise plant
Etymology: Daphne: Greek name of a mythological nymph transformed into a Laurel by Apollo
Plants: erect, perennial, to 5' tall shrub, deciduous
Leaves: 1"-3" long, soft, spiraling along the stem
Flowers: pink to light purple, 4-parted, 1/3"-1/2" wide; blooms March-April
Fruits: bright red, 1/4"-1/2" wide berry
Habitat: partial sun; moist; in limy soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - rarely escaped
USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"