Friday, January 16, 2015

Limber Honeysuckle

This Limber Honeysuckle flower was photographed during one of Erika and my summer cycling trips in Rice County, Minnesota. The leaves are opposite and the uppermost pair are perfoliate. The plant grows in open woods and woodland edges. It will develop red berries.  The flowers attract hummingbirds and bumblebees.

Native American uses for Limber Honeysuckle included as a cathartic, menstrual difficulties, kidney stones, diuretic, flu drug, emetic drug, and variously as a love or anti-love potion (wildflower.org). The hollow stems were also used as straws and in pipes.

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