Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum
"Where honeysuckles, ripen’d by the sun, Forbid the sun to enter..."
- William Shakespeare, "Much Ado About Nothing"
A deciduous climber famous for its heady scent on summer evenings. Its flowers are a creamy-white becoming yellow once pollinated.
Where it grows
Woods and hedgerows.
Best time to see
June to September.
- It is the County Flower of Warwickshire.
- In the Language of Flowers it symbolises constancy, devotion, domestic happiness and fraternal love.
How's it doing?
3 things you may not know
- Honeysuckle is the 'luscious woodbine' as described by Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- Its flowers open at twilight and it is also then it produces most scent. Why? To attract pollinating moths.
- It is the food plant of the caterpillar of the aptly-named Honeysuckle Moth (Ypsolopha dentella).