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Lonicera ciliosa (Orange honeysuckle)
Glase, Terry

Lonicera ciliosa

Lonicera ciliosa (Pursh) Poir. ex DC.

Orange Honeysuckle

Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)


USDA Symbol: LOCI3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

This honeysuckle runs freely on the ground or clambers up trees, sometimes reaching a length of 20 ft. The large, orange, trumpet-shaped flowers occur in dense, terminal clusters just above a large round "leaf" (two opposite leaves entirely fused). Fruits are red. Leaves are deciduous.

Orange Honeysuckle attracts hummingbirds and other wildlife.

The genus, Lonicera, is named for Adam Lonicer (1528 - 1586), a German botanist 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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Climber, stems up to about 20 feet long.
Fruit: Red to orange.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , CA , ID , MT , OR , UT , WA
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: S. B.C. to n. CA, especially w. of the Cascades, e. to n.w. MT
Native Habitat: Open woods & thickets

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Mesic soils.


Use Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds and other wildlife.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Species of Lonicera come easily from cuttings: hardwood cuttings outdoors or young summer shoots placed over bottom heat. Seeds germinate well if treated or fall sown.
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: yes


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lonicera ciliosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lonicera ciliosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lonicera ciliosa


Record Modified: 2023-05-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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