Lonicera hispidula

hairy honeysuckle

Habit: grows as a multi branched stocky shrub, a climbing vine or loose groundcover.  Leaves are heart shaped and associated with two leafy stipules at each axil. The upper leaf pairs, below the inflorescence, are fused around stem. Leaves and stems are covered with hairs and glands. The spike inflorescence is comprised of many large, tubular flowers light pink to purple colored with yellow interior. The corolla is two lipped with the upper lip having four rounded teeth, stamen and style extend beyond the petals. The clustered fruit ripen in early autumn to a bright red berry. Blooms spring into mid summer.

Ecology: found on south and west facing slopes, canyons, and along streams at elevations from sea level to 3600 ft (1100 m) along the Pacific Coast from Southern British Columbia to Southern California.

Growing Conditions: full sun to full shade, in dry to moist soil. Tolerates clay, drought and seasonal flooding.

Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers of Lonicera hispidula and birds eat the berries.


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Type: Semi-Evergreen Vine
Height: 6-20 ft (2-6 m)
Width: 10 ft (3 m)
USDA Zones: 7-9
Map courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plants Database.