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Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)

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Zones 1-24, 30-41
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Lonicera periclymenum

Woodbine
Caprifoliaceae
Deciduous, Evergreen, Vines

LONICERA

Most honeysuckles are valued for their clustered or paired, often fragrant flowers. Blossoms are tubular in form. Some have two flaring, unequal lips; others are trumpets or straight tubes, sometimes flaring at the mouth into five equal lobes. Flowers attract hummingbirds, and the red or purple berries that follow provide food for many other kinds of birds. Blossoms typically deepen in color after opening, so clusters contain both pale and darker blooms.

Lonicera periclymenum (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Lonicera periclymenum (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Lonicera periclymenum

Evergreen or deciduous vine. Native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. Grows to 10–20 ft. tall. Resembles L. japonica but is less rampant. Whorls of 2-in.-long, fragrant, two-lipped flowers in summer and fall. Most varieties have flowers in the purple-yellow-white range.

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Peaches and Cream’ (photo courtesy of Sunset Western Garden Collection)
Lonicera periclymenum ‘Peaches and Cream’ (photo courtesy of Sunset Western Garden Collection)

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‘Peaches and Cream’

This new honeysuckle from the Sunset Western Garden Collection has huge fragrant blooms and will keep blooming all summer and fall. Perfect in the landscape or in containers, ‘Peaches and Cream’ will keep its shape and won’t become a garden pest. As easy to grow as it is gorgeous, it tolerates heat, humidity, and drought.

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