> Plant Types
> Shrubs and
Mezereon (Daphne mezereum) is the common
name for this toxic flowering shrub native to western
Asia and all across the European landscape. Mezereon
normally grows in limestone rich areas, and stays in
higher elevation in the southern parts of the European
The Mezereon grows to about 1.5 m tall and is
plant. Their leaves are longer than wide, reaching lengths
of about 6 cm and widths of 2 cm.
The flowers of the Mezereon plant appear on
the branches before the leaves being to grow, starting
early on in spring. The colors range from a light pink
to purple. They also have a very strong fragrance. This
scent carries small portions of Daphnetoxin as
well. The outer portions of the flower, or the perianth,
grow to about 1 - 1.5 cm wide.
Like all plant species in the Daphne genus,
the berries of the Mezereon are rich with Daphnetoxin,
making them poisonous. Handling the plant without gloves
will most likely result in a rash and a choking sensation
after prolonged exposure. The berries themselves are
about 1 cm or less in size and are a bright red color.