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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

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