Mezereum Family
2 genera
3 species
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Daphne laureolaspurge-laurel
Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest and east in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon.
Habitat: Roadsides, forest understory and edge, wastelots, and other disturbed areas in the lowlands.
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
Flowers: March-June
Growth Duration: Perennial
Daphne mezereummezereon, paradise plant
Distribution: Occurring in scattered locations on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; southern British Columbia to Washington, east to northern Idaho and western Montana, also in northeastern North America.
Habitat: Wetlands, forest edges, and fields, where escaped from cultivation.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Flowers: March-May
Growth Duration: Perennial
Thymelaea passerinamezereon
Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest, where known from Okanogan County. also in the central U.S.
Habitat: Lake and pond shores, where alkaline.
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
Flowers: June-August
Growth Duration: Annual