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northern bush honeysuckle

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There are always surprises waiting for me in our lane. Today, it was a wild plant I haven’t seen for a while, although it is quite common. The name ‘lonicera’ popped into my head, because it brings true honeysuckle to mind.



This plant is Diervilla lonicera, northern bush honeysuckle. It is a low-growing native shrub with opposite leaves that turn red in fall. The flowers are honeysuckle-like: each flower is a yellow tube with 5 lobes, 5 extended stamens and a single pistil. Fertilized flowers take on a reddish tinge. The plant provides browse for moose and deer, nesting habitat for birds and nectar for bumblebees.



The flowers have a sweet scent and are persistent once established. I can look forward to many years of bush honeysuckle in our lane.


Keep your eyes open for new plants you may see!

All my best,


Written by jane tims

July 3, 2021 at 7:16 pm

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