Lonicera sempervirens

Growing Information

Plant Type: Vine
Sunlight: Sun, part shade
Soils: Average, moist
Bloom Time: Red in May, June
Size: 4-15 feet in height; 4-8 foot spread

Also called Coral Honeysuckle, the twining vine is a good choice for a trellis or other support structure or as a ground cover. Its tubular red flowers begin to bloom in late spring and continue blooming intermittently through summer in full sun and organically rich soil. Native to the southeast, NE populations are thought to be garden escapees. A common cultivar is “Major Wheeler” shown here.

Garden Companions

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Pink Tickseed (Coreopsis rosea)

Nature Benefits

• Larval host for Spring Azure, Snowberry Clearwing Moth.
• Flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
• Fruit attracts birds.

Native Habitat

Occurs in forest edges, roadsides, woodlands.

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