19 Intriguing Facts About Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a versatile plant.

Honeysuckle can be grown as a climbing vine, a shrub, or even a ground cover. Its versatility makes it suitable for various garden styles and landscapes.

With its delicate, sweet-scented blossoms and vibrant colors, has long been a beloved addition to gardens and landscapes around the world.

From its fascinating history to its surprising uses, honeysuckle has captivated people for centuries.

Let's dive in and discover the fascinating world of honeysuckle!


There are around 180 species of honeysuckle.
These flowers are found in many parts of the world, including southern Asia, North Africa, and the Himalayas.
Most of the species can be found in China.

Honeysuckle can be recognized by its tubular yellow, orange, or red flowers.
The plant has grey-green oval leaves and can be found climbing around branches.

Honeysuckle is a climber, and it can grow up to 9-12 feet per year, spreading out 3-6 feet annually, and as tall as 30 feet high! It's a great addition to fences, trellis, or even garden walls.

Depending on the species, honeysuckle can bloom from late spring to early fall, providing a continuous display of vibrant and fragrant flowers throughout the summer months.

Honeysuckle has edible nectar that humans can eat. Some also have edible berries, but you must be careful as they may be toxic.
Only eat honeysuckle berries if you are sure they are safe!

The berries of the Lonicera caerulea, or blue honeysuckle, are called honeyberries. This particular species is native to Siberia, northern Japan, and northern China. They taste like blueberries and can be used to make jam and jelly.

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Hummingbirds love honeysuckle, and butterflies and bees are also attracted to it.

Animals can also eat parts of the honeysuckle plant. Squirrels and birds eat their berries when foraging for food in the wild. Honeysuckle also provides shelter for many creatures, including birds and small mammals like dormice.

Honeysuckle is packed with antioxidants, making it a valuable addition to a healthy diet.
Antioxidants are compounds that help protect the body against free radicals, which can cause damage to cells.

Honeysuckle has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.
It has been used to treat respiratory conditions, digestive issues, and even skin problems.

In traditional Chinese medicine, honeysuckle is known as "Jin Yin Hua" and has been used for centuries to treat various ailments. It is believed to have cooling properties and is often used to alleviate fever and inflammation.

The flowers of honeysuckle can be distilled to extract their aromatic oils.
These oils are often used in perfumes, soaps, and other beauty products for their sweet and captivating fragrance.

According to traditions, if honeysuckle grew around the entrance, it could bring good luck to your home. It was also considered a symbol of faithfulness or belief in a cause.

The name Honeysuckle is a girl's name meaning "flower name".
One example is the British actress Honeysuckle Weeks, who played Samantha Stewart in the WWII detective series Foyle's War.

Honeysuckle has been featured in songs, including Fats Waller's 1929 "Honeysuckle Rose." It entered the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

Philip Freneau's 1786 poem "The Wild Honey Suckle" tells the story of a person who sees a honeysuckle and is reminded of the temporary nature of life. The poem has a deep appreciation for the honeysuckle and the natural world.

The easiest method for propagating honeysuckle is to take softwood cuttings.
This is often done in spring after new green shoots take off but can be done at any time during the growing season.
Simply snip a healthy stem, remove the lower leaves, and place it in well-draining soil to root.
Cuttings root in soil or water. Keep in mind that soil-rooted cuttings are often sturdier and less prone to transplant shock.

Some species of honeysuckle are invasive.
L. japonica, L. maackii, L. morrowii, and L. tatarica are invasive honeysuckles. These species became invasive because they don't belong in North America and have no natural restraints in the ecosystem to limit their spread.

Over the years, horticulturists have developed numerous cultivars and hybrids of honeysuckle, each with its own unique flower color, growth habit, and fragrance. This diversity makes honeysuckle a fascinating plant to explore and cultivate.

Britannica / Wikihow / Birds & Blooms / Wikipedia - Honeysuckle Weeks / The Woodland Trust / Wikipedia - Honeysuckle Rose / Royal Horticultural Society / The Wildlife Trusts / Vaia / Gardener's Point
Image credit: Vern Wilkins, Indiana University, Bugwood.org