Magnifica Honeysuckle Plant

Overview

Lonicera sempevirens "Magnifica," also known as the Magnifica Honeysuckle, has long, tubular, brightly-colored flowers. It grows quickly and is excellent for training up and over pergolas and trellises on patios for shade and as a cover for fences. The plant handles trimming well and can be formed easily. The nectar in the flower attracts a variety of wildlife.

Features

Magnifica Honeysuckle is evergreen, although the plant may drop leaves in cooler areas. The stems are purple to red and turn brown with age. The flowers are long, tubular and trumpet-like and are long-lasting. They are usually bright red and orange in color, though they have no sent to humans.

Growth Habits

Unlike other honeysuckle varieties that can be rangy and difficult to control, the Magnifica Honeysuckle is more well-behaved. This variety of honeysuckle can be raised from hardiness zones 6 through 9. It is tolerant of heat, drought, wind and excessive moisture. The plant can easily grow to 20 feet in length. The plant blooms from mid-summer to mid-fall.

Form

While the Magnifica Honeysuckle is easier to control, the form of the plant is still rather irregular. It is a twining vine and does best when trained to climb up a trellis or fence. If the plant gets too large, it can be easily cut back to manage the plant.

Culture

The plant is tolerant of partial shade to full sun. Magnifica Honeysuckle does well in a variety of soils including rich, sandy, and clay soils. It can also handle a range of water conditions, from dry to moist. This variety is also low maintenance.

Wildlife

The Magnifica Honeysuckle is very attractive to wildlife, such as butterflies and hummingbirds that uses nectar within the flower for food. Bees will occasionally visit the flowers as well, although the depth of the trumpet is usually too deep for them to reach the nectar.

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