Honeysuckle Facts

Honeysuckle Facts
Honeysuckle is semi-evergreen or deciduous plant that belongs to the honeysuckle family. There are around 200 species of honeysuckles that can be found in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Honeysuckle grows on the moist, well-drained soil in areas that provide enough sun. Some species of honeysuckle are classified as invasive because they often invade landscapes and prevent growth of native species of plants. People cultivate honeysuckle in ornamental purposes and as a source of beautiful flowers that are used in floral arrangements.
Interesting Honeysuckle Facts:
Honeysuckle can grow in the form of shrub or vine. Shrubs usually grow from 20 to 30 feet, while vines can climb from 30 to 80 feet in height.
Honeysuckle produces small, oval leaves. They can be dark green or bluish green colored. Leaves are oppositely arranged on the branches.
Honeysuckle produces trumpet-shaped flowers arranged in pairs. Flowers can be white, pastel, yellow, orange, red and pink colored. They have strong, sweet aroma that is especially prominent during the night.
Honeysuckle can bloom during the spring, summer or fall, depending on the species. Flowers are filled with nectar which attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, responsible for the pollination of this plant. Color of the flowers changes from white to yellow after successful pollination.
Fruit of honeysuckle is roundish or elongated berry. Fruit can be red, black or blue colored. Berries contain few seed.
People can safely consume flowers and nectar of honeysuckle, but they should avoid berries because they contain substances that induce nausea and vomiting. Honeysuckle berries are not poisonous for bears, birds and other forest animals.
Leaves of honeysuckle are also edible and they can be consumed as leafy vegetable.
Berries of honeysuckle were used as a source of dyes in the past. Fibrous stem of honeysuckle was used for the manufacture of textile.
Flowers of honeysuckle can be used as toys for cats because they attract cats with their strong scent.
During Victorian era, Englishmen often planted honeysuckle in front of their houses to keep evil spirits and witches on the safe distance.
People used to believe that flowers of honeysuckle tucked under the pillow ensure pleasant dreams. This old belief is still popular and flowers of honeysuckle are used today in the manufacture of herbal pillows.
Honeysuckle was used in treatment of kidney stones, gout and liver disorders in the past.
Honeysuckle is used in treatment of fever, influenza, rashes, skin infections and various inflammations today because it contains substances that prevent inflammation, kill bacteria and induce sedation.
Flowers of honeysuckle are used in the cosmetic industry for the manufacture of various beauty products and perfumes.
Honeysuckle is perennial plant that can survive around 20 years in the wild.

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