Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum)

The lovely Honeysuckle is now a feature of our hedgerows. This complex flower head, with its strong perfume, is now common across Dorset.

Honeysuckle flowers from June through to September but is now really at its best. You can find it almost anywhere where the soil is acid and it occurs in woods, scrubby areas, hedgerows and even amongst rocks. It is a climbing plant and needs support so favours woodland edges and hedges but is happy to use just about anything it can find for support. It actually is a twinning plant rather than a climbing plant if yo see what I mean!

In September these flowers will produce red globular berries which are poisonous so best not used for home made wine perhaps?

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