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Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society

Focusing on native plants and conservation in North Idaho

Orange Honeysuckle

Common Names: Orange Honeysuckle, Western Trumpet Honeysuckle.

Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family).

Scientific Name: Lonicera ciliosa (the hairy edges of the leaves are responsible for the name ciliosa = lots of cilia).

General Info:  A perennial climbing vine, deciduous, with hollow stems, sometimes reaching 6 meters high.

Native/ Non-native:  Native.

Distribution of species:  Pacific Northwest:  British Columbia to California, and Montana.

Habitat:  Locally common but scattered at low to mid elevation, dry to moderately moist forests and thickets.

Light Open shade to partial sun.

Leaves:  Opposite with the end-pair on each twig joined to form a disk (see flower photo at right); hairy edges. Oval leaves, hairy edged, 4-10 cm long (1 1/2 to 4 in).

Flowers:  Orange-red, narrowly trumpet-shaped, 5 lobed corollas in clusters of 8-12 flowers at branch tips above disk-leaf.

Fruits:  Red to orange berries - may be poisonous. Photo below: disk-leaf with fruits forming.

Landscape uses:  Makes an attractive addition to the home garden.  Easily propagated from cuttings.

Wildlife: a source of abundant nectar for butterflies. Long tubular flowers are attractive to hummingbirds.  The opening of the blossom is too small for bumblebees to squeeze in; however, marks have been seen along the side of the flower tubes where bees have poked holes in order to reach the nectar!

Uses: The woody vines were used by native peoples for weaving, binding, lashing, and even for suspension bridges!

NotesPHOTO STORY (See Right Sidebar)

Resources: Plants of Southern Interior British Colombia and the Inland Northwest (Parish, Coupe, Lloyd), 1996

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Photo by Marilyn George


 A Dramatic Battle Between a Vineand aTree, starring:

"Western Trumpet Honeysuckle"
"Grand Fir"

The Winner is Announced!  Will it be the VINE or theTREE?

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At the Top of this Young Tree:
Vines Searching for Support

Photo by Wendy Aeschliman