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Daphne Laurel

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All parts of Daphne laurel have toxic compounds, which can lead to dermatitis or poisoning.



Daphne laurel (Daphne laureola)

  • Native to Europe and northern Africa
  • Shrub that grows 0.5-1.8 m tall
  • Oblong, evergreen leaves
  • Yellow fluted flowers
  • Small, black berries
  • Adapted to shade and semi-shaded areas
  • Likely found in the understory of Douglas fir forest.
Consequences of Invasion
  • Limits growth of native plants and reduces biodiversity
    • Limits the amount of light that reaches the forest floor
    • Rapidly colonizes areas
    • Changes soil chemistry
  • All parts of the plant have toxic compounds
    • Contact with sap can cause skin irritation
    • Consumption can be fatal
Prescription for Control
  • Gloves and protective clothing should always be worn.
  • Pull or cut plants
  • Focus on areas that see high potential use by humans first
  • Contain any seeds or berries from female plants
  • Plant competitive shade tolerant native plants (Dull Oregon Grape, Tall Oregon Grape or Sword Fern) where soil disturbance has occurred
  • Do NOT compost
  • Do NOT burn or chip plant parts as noxious chemicals will be released into the air
  • Do NOT transport plant cuttings inside an enclosed vehicle
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