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Lonicera dioica L.
Synonym(s): Lonicera dioica var. dasygyna, Lonicera dioica var. glaucescens, Lonicera dioica var. orientalis, Lonicera glaucescens, Lonicera glaucescens var. dasygyna
USDA Symbol: LODI2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Limber honeysuckle is a low, climbing, vine-like shrub with branches arching or twining 3-10 ft. from the plant. Distinctive, red, tubular flowers with yellow stamens are arranged in whorls at the end of branches. Red berries follow. Deciduous leaves are opposite, the uppermost pair being perfoliate. Fall foliage is yellow.
A semi-erect shrub or twining woody vine.
This species is named for Adam Lonicer (1528 - 1586), a German botanis noted for his 1557 revised version of Eucharius Rösslin’s herbal. He became professor of Mathematics in 1553 and Doctor of Medicine in 1554, becoming the town physician in Frankfurt-am-Main. His true interest though was herbs and the study of botany.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Red, Orange Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun
, WY Canada: AB
, ON Native Distribution:
Que. to n.e. B.C., s. to NC, TN
& OK Native Habitat:
Dry to wet, open woods, woodland edges & thickets
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Soil Description: Various moist to dry soils.
Conditions Comments: This species passes into var. glaucescens (larger leaves & smaller flowers) especially in the western part of its range.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Flowers attract hummingbirds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Species of Lonicera come easily from cuttings: hardwood cuttings outdoors or young summer shoots placed over bottom heat. Seeds germinate well if treated. Seed Collection:
Fruits of this genus
are usually hand-picked and seeds are extracted by maceration. Seed Treatment:
Cold-moist stratification is necessary. Commercially Avail:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff