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Lonicera dioica

Limber Honeysuckle

Scientific Name:

Lonicera dioica

Genus:

Lonicera

Species Epithet:

dioica

Common Name:

Limber Honeysuckle

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Orange, Yellow, Green, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Seepages, bogs, rocky woods, shrubby mountain bogs at high elevations, rocky ridgetop thickets over amphibolite (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Leaves whitish beneath; fruit red.

Limber Honeysuckle in mountain bog habitat

Two rare plants together - Limber Honeysuckle twining through Canada Yew (Taxus canadensis) on the edges of a cranberry bog

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Paynter, May 2011

Found in "seepages, bogs, rocky woods, shrubby mountain bogs at high elevations, rocky ridgetop thickets over amphibolite." Weakley Flora May 2012

In May, with new growth and flower buds

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Flowers

The leaves below the flowers are fused.

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From the side showing fused leaves around flowers

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Fruit

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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