Honeysuckle, or lonicera in Latin, is a climbing plant in the caprifoliaceae family. Its origins are European and Asian. Its lianas have ornamental qualities, its flowers give off a subtle scent intoxicating at night and attracting moths, and its leaves are dark green. It is an indoor and outdoor plant, which will perfectly decorate a pergola. The wild honeysuckle, named honeysuckle, lives on the edge of forests. The plant is found in abundance in Europe, China and America where it is declined in many species.
Honeysuckle has about 180 species. Some varieties of honeysuckle are also called camarisiers. In Europe, we find Alpine honeysuckle, garden honeysuckle, blue honeysuckle, black honeysuckle, Pyrenean honeysuckle, hedge honeysuckle and many other species. In North Africa, only the honeysuckle Lonicera biflora is found. In Asia, a hundred species are represented as the Japanese honeysuckle. We finally find honeysuckle on the American continent.
Planting, growing and caring for honeysuckle
The plant is particularly bulky and requires a support on which its lianas will wind, and space in order to be able to develop over its entire length. The planting period extends from May to September. Honeysuckle can be potted if it contains potting soil. The plant tolerates cold and frosts very well down to -25 ° C. For its maintenance, you will have to water and prune it regularly, knowing that this work is done in autumn for the indoor honeysuckle. The lack of water will push it to stop its growth and flowering, so water it abundantly in summer. Also avoid growing plants around its living space, at the risk of suffocating them. Honeysuckle is a climbing plant that can reach 5 meters high if it has a stake of this size.
Honeysuckle is very popular with aphids and mealybugs that invade and suffocate it. To get rid of it, it is strongly advised to prefer a colony of ladybugs to a chemical treatment. Indeed, it will get rid of aphids effectively and naturally.