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Lonicera periclymenum

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Caprifoliaceae
Scientific name  Lonicera periclymenum
Rank  Species
Order  Dipsacales
Genus  Lonicera
Higher classification  Honeysuckle
Lonicera periclymenum A Digital Botanic Garden Honeysuckle or Woodbine Lonicera
Similar  Honeysuckle, Lonicera caprifolium, Lonicera japonica, Caprifoliaceae, Lonicera xylosteum

Lonicera periclymenum belgica flower time lapse

Lonicera periclymenum, common names honeysuckle, common honeysuckle, European honeysuckle or woodbine, is a species of flowering plant in the family Caprifoliaceae native to much of Europe. Growing to 7 m (23 ft) or more in height, it is a vigorous evergreen twining climber. It is found as far north as southern Norway and Sweden. In the UK it is one of two native honeysuckles, the other being Lonicera xylosteum. It is often found in woodland or in hedgerows or scrubland. The tubular, two-lipped flowers are creamy white or yellowish and very sweet smelling (especially during the night). The plant is usually pollinated by moths or long-tongued bees and develops bright red berries.


Lonicera periclymenum Belgica Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum 39Belgica39 in Carleton

Lonicera periclymenum peaches and cream honeysuckle

In culture

Honeysuckle, or woodbine, has been a valued part of Britain's ecology for centuries. It is mentioned by Shakespeare:

Lonicera periclymenum Lonicera periclymenum European honeysuckle Go Botany"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine"

British rock band Dire Straits mentions Honeysuckle in the opening lines of their 1980 song "Expresso Love":

Lonicera periclymenum httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu"She gets the sun in the daytime Perfume in the dusk And she comes out in the night time With a honeysuckle musk" Lonicera periclymenum Lonicera periclymenum 39Serotina39 late Dutch honeysuckleRHS Gardening

The plant was voted the County flower of Warwickshire in 2002 following a poll by the wild plant conservation charity Plantlife.


Lonicera periclymenum Lonicera periclymenum 39Graham Thomas39 honeysuckle 39Graham Thomas

L. periclymenum is one of several honeysuckle species valued in the garden, for its ability to twine around other plants, or to cover unsightly walls or outbuildings; and for the intense fragrance of its profuse flowers in summer. It needs to be planted with its roots in the shade, and its flowering top in sun or light shade. Plants need to be chosen with care as they can grow to a substantial size. The cultivars 'Graham Thomas' and 'Serotina' have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


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Lonicera periclymenum Wikipedia

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