- Firstly, the Honeysuckle names a family of arching shrubs or twining vines in the Caprifoliaceae family.
- In addition, all known varieties of this sweet-smelling and brilliant plant evolved as native to the Northern Hemisphere.
- Furthermore, about 180 known species of the plant exist, with approximately 100 of those endemic to China.
- Finally, another 20 species occur in Europe, India and, North America each, making it an extremely widespread family.
Honeysuckle Physical Description
Most notably, the majority of species of Honeysuckle evolved as strong twining climbers. The leaves grow opposite, and simple ovals and they also average about 4.5 in (10 cm) in length. Most varieties are deciduous, however, some develop as evergreens.
In addition, many of the species have sweetly-scented flowers that produce sweet, edible nectar. Most flowers also develop in clusters of two.
Both shrubby and vining sorts have strongly fibrous stems which are suitable for binding and textiles.
Also, the fruit of the Honeysuckle appears as a red, blue or black spherical or elongated berry. These berries contain several seeds and in most species, the berries are mildly poisonous.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Angiosperms
- Class: Eudicots
- Order: Dipsacales
- Family: Caprifoliaceae
- Genus: Lonicera
Most notably, while the fruit of many varieties of Honeysuckle evolved to be toxic, in a few cases, these can be consumed and even used for commerce.
The berries of most forms also remain attractive to wildlife. For example, butterflies and hummingbirds love them.
Furthermore, several species of this genus have become invasive when introduced outside their native range.
This remains particularly true in both New Zealand and the United States.
The Honeysuckle is widely popular as garden decoration as it both smells beautiful and can cover unsightly walls and outbuildings.
In addition, this gorgeous and colorful plant has also become quite popular for its beautiful and highly aromatic flowers in summer.
Finally, the hardy climbing types need the roots in shade but the flowering tops prefer sunlight or very light shade. Varieties also need to be chosen with care because most grow prolifically.