Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Coral honeysuckle

Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
Our native honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens, is a great plant.  All four of ours are looking exceptionally good this year.

This one, the most robust, is next to the kitchen door leading out to the main vegetable garden.

Morning sun seems to suit it just fine, as it increases in size every year.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are a frequent visitor, although I haven't seen any of the early scouts visiting this one so far this year.

It often re-flowers a bit in the fall - providing welcome nectar for the hummingbirds heading south.

3 comments:

  1. I guess mine are still too young (planted last fall) to bloom. I have both Major Wheeler and John Clayton. Looking forward to them blooming!

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  2. I love honeysuckle. Its country name in England is 'woodbine'and I'm hoping that we can encourage ours to look as good as yours when its entwined around the trees in our native woodland.
    Larval foodplant of the white admiral butterfly - but sadly not in Nottinghamsire.
    Is it used by any butterflies or moths in your garden Lisa?
    Rob

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  3. Isn't this plant striking?

    Janet, I hope yours get robust enough to flower soon!

    And Rob, there's a clearwing moth that sometimes uses Lonicera as a host plant, but I haven't seen any evidence of it on any of mine. The ruby-throated hummingbirds visiting are a good enough reward, however. Interesting that it's a larval foodplant of white admirals in some places, but not everywhere.

    Lisa

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