Honeysuckle is flowering shrub or vine native to China, Europe, India and North America, with most species being deciduous. They are vigorous climbers and can reach a height of 25 feet.
Honeysuckles are known and named for their sweet, edible nectar. They are popular garden plants with highly fragrant flowers. The intoxicating scent is sweet and fruity and tends to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The flowers bloom in the summer and fall.
Gardeners love growing these attractive flowers, which come in white, yellow, orange or red. They are fast growing, easy to grow, hardy and heat tolerant. As a climber, they would be idea to grow along a trellis, fence, arbor or wall. Honeysuckles do best in full sun and in well-drained soil.
Climate zones: 4-9
Fun Flower Facts about the Honeysuckle:
- the flowers and leaves are edible; the leaves can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable
- while the berry is food for bears, birds and other small animals, the fruit is toxic to humans
- the flowers of the wild honeysuckle start off white and turn yellow once it has been pollinated
- honeysuckle has been used in traditional herbal medicine for centuries; the plant has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and calming properties
- it has been used to treat fevers, inflammation, and skin infections (rashes and abrasions)
- the flower is often used in cosmetics and beauty products
- honeysuckle is also used inside cat toys because cats are attracted to the scent
- the berry can be used as a source of dye