Vine-Shrub- California Honeysuckle

  • Lonicera hispidula photo by peganum
    Common Name: California Honeysuckle

    Botanical Name: Lonicera hispidula

    Family: Caprifoliaceae

    Description: Native throughout much of California to Washington; climbing, deciduous shrubby vine

    Sun: Full sun to part shade

    Water: Low water, drought tolerant

    Soil: Good in clay soil

    Habit and form: Climbing, shrubby vine; use as bank filler or ground cover, grows 6 feet tall and wide

    Lonicera hispidula photo by Brent Miller
    Flower type: Tubular resembling trumpets or tubes in 3 to 4 inch clusters

    Flower color & bloom season: Yellowish at the base, pinkish in upper portion; blooms through summer

    Uses for plant and/or flowers: Berries edible but bitter, attractive to birds; flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees

    Pruning time & method: Prune old growth to the ground before spring growth begins
    Maintenance tips: Thin after bloom period