Other names: Native Daphne, Mock Orange, Native Laural
Where: Native to temperate East Coast, now common in all states except Northern Territory. Considered a weed in most places.
Planetary Correspondence: Solar
For Work With:
- Overcoming obstacles
- Luck and money
- New endeavours, moving, travelling
- Colonial ancestors
- The Element of Air
Some plants are very quiet things, and others are quite gregarious! Native Daphne is the later. In early Spring, it is very common to find it in flower and scenting the air quite sweetly. I had taken some for cut flowers for the house, they are rather prolific in a favourite spot of mine, near a local waterway about which is a dense garden of rhododendrons and camellias, along with other natives. And since I did, it was all I could think about.
They are mostly considered weeds, so don’t feel bad harvesting from local specimens. They are certainly native, but have gone well outside their occurrence and filled in all the gaps left by development, damning, storm water, urbanisation, and replacing lost natives in other areas. Opportunistic is this plant’s middle name. They love water, they love poor and broken soils, birds love them, they grow with complete easy from suckers, cutting, and seed, so long as they have water and sunshine. They’re often the first to come back after fire, taking full advantage of the situation sprouting from root.
Consider using the scented flowers in a water/wash to scent it, or an incense, along with Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnanth) blooms, Native Rosemary (Westringia fruticosa), and Native Flame Pea (or any of the yellow and red peas, or even Hovea) for luck, success in new endeavours and increase.
If you can harvest the fruits they make great offerings to things with a sweet tooth and an opportunistic, or perhaps Mercurial nature. Just remember, you will take the orange globes, but you will end with the dark rusty orange-red and very sticky seeds. These will take a few weeks to dry, and a vital kind of offering. But, unlike so many others, these, when they are completely dried, cannot go to the ground. Either grind them to make an offering incense, or otherwise burn them (if you have a ritual fire), or simply discard in the rubbish bin.
And here at Gum Tree Garden Studio, this blogger experimented using the leaves to dye wool a lovely soft green colour!
P.S. ‘S’ is for “Sweet Pittosporum”! This post participates with the Pagan Blog Project!