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.

Cultural info

  • It is the County Flower of Warwickshire.
  • In the Language of Flowers it symbolises constancy, devotion, domestic happiness and fraternal love.

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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).

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