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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.

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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.

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

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Keep your eyes open for new plants you may see!

All my best,

Jane

Written by jane tims

July 3, 2021 at 7:16 pm

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