Lonicera periclymenum L.
Honeysuckle, Common Honeysuckle, European Honeysuckle, Woodbine
Caprifolium distinctum, Caprifolium germanicum, Caprifolium periclymenum, Caprifolium semperflorens, Euchylia verticillata, Lonicera etrusca, Periclymenum vulgare
Color: Creamy white or yellowish
Bloom Time: Midsummer
Lonicera periclymenum is an evergreen twining climber that grows up to 23 feet (7 m) in height. It is deciduous (loses leaves in fall) with tubular, very sweet smelling (especially during the night), two-lipped flowers, creamy white or yellowish, flushed with pink or purple. Leaves are grey-green and oval-shaped. The plant is usually pollinated by moths or long-tongued bees and develops bright red berries.
How to Grow and Care
Honeysuckle vines should be planted in cooler climates during spring because their roots thrive when cool and shaded. However, make sure to wait until the final frost before planting them.
When the timing is finally right, locate a spot for planting where they'll get full sun or, at the very least, partial sun exposure. Plant your honeysuckle at a soil depth of 18 inches and lay an organic fertilizer or compost over the top 3 inches.
This type of vine is sensitive to the amount of water and moisture it receives. When you first plant your honeysuckle, it will need a considerable amount of water to help it grow. However, your vine will be more fortified when summer arrives and only need small amounts of water, even during dry spells. Unfortunately, many people mistake watering the plant equally throughout these different stages, which is a definite recipe for harmful overwatering in the summer months.
See more at 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Honeysuckle Vine.
This species is native to much of Europe.
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