Lonicera sempervirens L. - Scarlet Honeysuckle


 

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Lonicera sempervirens - (image 1 of 4)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Habitat

Woodlands, thickets.

Associates

 

Distribution

MA to NY, south to FL; west to TX, OH, IA, and NE.

Morphology

Perennial, woody, twining vine. Leaves to 3" long, opposite, perfoliate, oblong, deep green above, pale beneath. Flowers to 2" long, in whorled clusters at ends of stems; corolla 5-lobed, brilliant red; stamens 5, yellow. Fruit a juicy red berry; seeds black.

Notes

Flowers April into August.

Wetland indicator: Facultative upland, facultative

Evergreen in the southern portion of it's range. Popular garden plant that attracts hummingbirds.  

Bibliography

Niering, W. A. 1979. The Audubon society field guide to North American wildflowers: eastern region.
Knopf/Random House, New York.
 


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 Michael Hough 2005