Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
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Coral honeysuckle features red, trumpet shaped flowers that start blooming in spring and continue off and on for most of the year. Plants can grow 10 to 20 ft. in moist fertile soils. Not to be confused with the invasive Japanese honeysuckle (L. japonica). Coral honeysuckle is much better behaved. It is easily contained and will not invade the whole yard.
Coral honeysuckle requires light, good air circulation, and adequate drainage to prevent powdery mildew. Flowers best when given more sun. Tolerates poor drainage for short periods. Great for arbors. Good climber or ground cover. It does better when protected from the late afternoon sun. It needs to be protected from browsing deer. Once established, plants are drought tolerant. Overgrown plants can be cut back after flowering in the spring, and without disturbing next year’s flowers. Prune after flowering to shape and control.
Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies are attracted to the blooms, and other birds come for the fruit.
AT A GLANCE
- Texas native
- Drought tolerant
- Full sun to part shade
- Wildlife value: butterflies, bees, birds, hummingbirds
- Host plant: Spring Azure, Snowberry Clearwing Moth
- Special Value to Bumble Bees