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Common Name: Trumpet Honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 5.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Eastern and Southern N. America - Connecticut to Florida and Texas.
Borders of woods and thickets[
Succeeds in most soils but prefers a good moist soil in a sunny position[
]. Does not fruit so well when grown in the shade[
Plants are very hardy, tolerating temperatures down to -15°c or lower[
], though they can be deciduous in cold winters[
The fruit is emetic and cathartic[
]. The expressed juice of the plant is beneficial in the treatment of bee stings[
The leaves have been dried and smoked as a treatment for asthma[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 2 months cold stratification[
] and should be sown as soon as possible in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with or without a heel, mid summer in a frame. Good percentage[
Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 20cm with or without a heel, late autumn in a cold frame. Good percentage[
Layering in autumn[