Lonicera periclymenum

Lonicera periclymenum

Honeysuckle

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Lonicera periclymenum
  • Common name: Honeysuckle
  • Family: Caprifoliaceae
  • Plant Type: Climber
Flower colour:

Pink

White

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is a native shrubby climber, bearing fragrant, tubular white and pink flowers, which mature to yellow, from July to September. It will quickly cover a wall or fence, and is a magnet for garden wildlife. It makes a fabulous planting companion for roses.

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While not as strongly scented as Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), Lonicera periclumenum has a strong fragrance, which is more noticeable in the evening, as it has evolved to attract night-flying moths as pollinators. However, being native, English honeysuckle is far less rampant than Japanese honeysuckle, which can be invasive.

Bear in mind that Lonicera periclymenum is very mildly toxic. If ingested, its berries could cause a mild upset stomach to people and pets.

How to grow Lonicera periclymenum

Grow Lonicera periclymenum in moist but well-drained soil, digging a hole and planting at the same depth it was in the pot you bought it in. Honeysuckle can be prone to mildew – to prevent this, plant in dappled shade or so the roots are kept in the shade but the foliage can grow into the sun. Water well after planting and then for a couple of weeks until it becomes established, and then only during dry periods.

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Prune Lonicera periclymenum after flowering, cutting back by up to a third, to maintain a good shape.

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Advice on buying Lonicera periclymenum ‘Dark Green’

  • Lonicera periclymenum should be available from your local garden centre or nursery, but you will have more options online
  • Always check plants for signs of damage or disease before planting

Where to buy Lonicera periclymenum

How to grow Lonicera periclymenum

  • Plant size

    7m height

    3.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do not Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Lonicera periclymenum and wildlife

Lonicera periclymenum is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It is a caterpillar food plant, has nectar/pollen rich flowers, provides shelter and habitat, has seeds for birds and makes a good wildlife hedge.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Lonicera periclymenum poisonous?

Lonicera periclymenum irritates skin. Its foliage and fruit are toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

Toxic to Livestock

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

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