Saturday, June 6, 2020

Orange Honeysuckle

Erika and I found Orange Honesuckle, Lonicera ciliosam, on 15 May 2020 at the Darlin Creek Preserve south of Olympia. Since then, we found it in our backyard. This honesuckle runs along the ground and grows up trees. The plant can rearch lengths of almost 19 ft. The flowers attract hummingbirds and other wildlife and are of special importance to bumble bees. The genus is named for Adam Lonicer, a German botanist and physician (1528 - 1586). The plant grwos in open woods and thickets from soutern British Columbia to northern California, east to central Rocky Mountain states. Orange Honeysuckles are also commercially available (LBJ Wildflower Center),.

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