Lonicera ciliosa (Pursh) Poir. ex DC.
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)
USDA Symbol: loci3
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Climber, stems up to about 20 feet long.
Fruit: Red to orange.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , ID , MT , OR , UT , WA
Native Distribution: S. B.C. to n. CA, especially w. of the Cascades, e. to n.w. MT
Native Habitat: Open woods & thickets
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Mesic soils.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds and other wildlife.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: 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
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lonicera ciliosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lonicera ciliosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lonicera ciliosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-05-30
Research By: TWC Staff