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Honeysuckle

Lonicera periclymenum

Woodbine(Eng.), Kanferfoelie (Afr.)

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Honeysuckle is a vigorous climber with fragrant tubular yellow and pink flowers. It is a marvelous display scrub when in flower and will attract several birds and butterflies to your garden. It can serve as a stand alone scrub or as a hedge. It has several medicinal uses and can grow in most soil types.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Pick flowers throughout the summer. The flowers do not last very long once removed but makes a wonderful scented display.

Propagation

Cuttings
Semi-hardwood or even hardwood cuttings can be used for propagation. Use hormone powder to increase the chance of root formation.
Layering
Bend down the semi-hardwood branches and cover a section with soil. Remove the leaves from the section before covering it.

Special features

Hedge plant
This plant is famous for its ability to climb up walls, trellises and even other shrubs or trees. Be careful to plant them next to young, sensitive shrubs because they can prevent their growth.
Attracts birds
Several bird species are attracted to the sweet nectar as well as the red berries.
Attracts useful insects
Butterflies and moths pollinate the Honeysuckle as well as other plants in the garden.

Geography

Origin
Honeysuckle is native to most of Europe and can be found in woodlands and hedgerows.
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Flowers have been used in syrup form for treatment of respiratory diseases and the leaves boiled for treating diseases of the liver and spleen.
Edible
Flowers contain large quantities of nectar which can be removed for energy purposes.

Personality

Family
Caprifoliaceae
Flower colour
Light yellow to white with flushes of pink/purple
Scent
Strong

Problems

Aphids, thrips as well as a powdery mildew (in some plants) have been reported in Europe.

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