Honeysuckle Plant Facts

Overview

Honeysuckle is the common name for some members of the family Caprifoliaceae, of which there are at least 65 species. It grows as a vine or a shrub, and can be either deciduous or evergreen. It mostly inhabits the Northern Hemisphere and is most most hardy in zones 5 through 8.

History

The Japanese honeysuckle is native to Asia. It was introduced to the United States in

Identification

Honeysuckle has small trumpet-shaped blossoms ranging from white to scarlet and decorative red berries. It is known for its sweet fragrance and its tendency to invade landscapes if not kept under control.

Features

Honeysuckle flowers and leaves are edible. A sweet, honey-like nectar is found at the bottom of the flower. The leaves can be parboiled and eaten as a vegetable.

Uses

Historical uses of the honeysuckle plant in herbal medicine include treatment for gout, kidney stones and liver problems. It is commonly used as a fragrance in a variety of health and beauty products. It is also used inside toys for cats, which are attracted to its scent.

Warning

While honeysuckle flowers and leaves are not harmful, its berries can be toxic if ingested by humans.

References

  • Japanese Honeysuckle
  • About Honeysuckle
  • PCA Japanese Honeysuckle

Who Can Help

  • Invasive Plants
  • Herbs 2000
  • USDA Hardiness Zone Map
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Loraine Degraff has been a writer and educator since 1999. She recently began focusing on topics pertaining to health and environmental issues. She is published in "Healthy Life Place" and "Humdinger" and also writes for Suite101. Degraff holds a Master's degree in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.