01 April 2011
Coral Honeysuckle Vine
Though it's taken several years, the coral honeysuckle vine, Lonicera sempervirens, is really beginning to fill in and have a lot of blooms. This is a fantastic vine with flowers that are perfect for hummingbirds and is a host to snowberry clearwing hawkmoth larvae.
This native vine doesn't have that sweet, perfumey smell that the invasive Japanese honeysuckle has, which is probably why it wasn't traditionally planted as much in gardens around here (though it is pretty common now, actually).
I have pretty strong memories of pulling out the stamen from those non-native honeysuckle flowers and sucking on the nectar as a child, so even though they can take over the planet, I have a soft spot in my heart for them.
We're trying to train this coral honeysuckle to cross the entire front porch. The only thing is, no hummingbirds yet...where are they? Looks like they are already in San Antonio.