Plant of the week

June 30, 2007

Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

Hummingbirds sip nectar from the long tubular blooms of this showy native vine. Clusters of blooms appear in spring and continue for months. Each 1- to 2-inch flower blends coral, pink and yellow tones, fun to match with other flowers. The blue-green leaves that can clasp 360 degrees around a stem are interesting of themselves. Red berries add a late-season bonus. This woody vine is not too heavy to adorn a mailbox or light trellis in sun or light shade and average soils. Don't confuse it with invasive Japanese honeysuckle. This native beauty is earning more fans all the time.

[Maryland Cooperative Extension]

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