Water-saving Native Plant of The Week by Bob Dailey: Coral Honeysuckle

By: Woodlands Water | Published 09/07/2020

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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Water-saving Native Plant of The Week by Bob Dailey: Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens). A beautiful perennial native vine that is high-climbing, twining vine, 3-20 ft. long, with smooth, glossy, paired, semi-evergreen leaves and 2-4 flowered clusters of red, tubular blooms followed by bright-red berries. Leaves ovate to oblong with smooth, rolled down margins and a blunt or short pointed tip those immediately below the flowers fused at the base. This vine has showy, trumpet-shaped flowers, red outside, yellow inside, in several whorled clusters at the ends of the stems. Blooms heavily in spring and sporadically the rest of the year. Papery, exfoliating bark is orange-brown in color. Fruit a red berry. This beautiful, slender, climbing vine is frequently visited by hummingbirds. Not too aggressive and uses as a good climber, ground cover or on arbors. Also found in a yellow cultivar. Almost any well drained soil, alkaline or acidic. Does best in full sun with good air circulation. The flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. The fruits are food for birds like Quail, Purple Finch, Goldfinch, Hermit Thrush, American Robin. This plant is also the larval host for the Spring Azure butterfly and Snowberry Clearwing Moth. Photo by Stephanie Brundage, courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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