Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Japanese honeysuckle 金銀花

Japanese honeysuckle 金銀花

Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is a climbing vine from Asia that has a lovely fragrance and pretty flowers - but which can pose a significant threat to our forests when it spreads into the wrong place.

It is a vigorous evergreen shrub that will typically be seen winding its way up host plants or forming dense clumps along the roadside or on forest margins. Japanese honeysuckle is easily recognised by its tubular and sweetly-scented flowers, ageing from cream to yellow-cream from September through to May. Glossy black berries, from 5-7mm long, are also noticeable from October to June.

The berries/leaves of most honeysuckle are toxic, but either flower (white or yellow) can be used. Flowers can be dried to make a tea, very common in Asia for many ailments or for health maintenance and combined with others for sore throat and cough medicine. jīn yín huā (Chinese: 金銀花; literally "gold silver flower")



ABC-Wednesday said...

Wonderful plant, we know them here by the name Stephanotis

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carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful choice for H and lovely photos!

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Su-sieee! Mac said...

I think we have honeysuckle vines growing in the front of the house. Can't recall the last time they flowered. Even though the drought withers them, they come back when it rains.

Lea said...

When we were kids we would pluck the flowers to sip the nectar!
Thanks for sharing the other information on Honeysuckle that I did not know
Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Roger Owen Green said...

interesting design on that plant