Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Last Updated February 23, 2014
Tags: Attracts Bees, Edible, Fragrant, White Flowers, Yellow Flowers
Lonicera Japonica is commonly known as Halls Japanese Honeysuckle. It’s an invasive, med-fast growing vine that flowers from Spring to Summer with white and yellow flowers. Unlike most plants whose flowers are all one color per plant, the flowers on this Honeysuckle are entirely white or yellow, it’s a really neat attribute (see the picture for example). While there are numerous variety of Lonicera/Honeysuckle, Lonicera Japonica is probably the most common, especially in my area.
In the Spring when Lonicera Japonica is in full bloom, you can smell it from hundreds of feet away, the distinct taste of honey floats from the flowers through the air and attracts thousands of bees and all the humming birds in the area.
Lonicera Japonica is edible, my mother told me stories from her childhood in which her and her brothers would pluck the flowers and suck the nectar out of them. I would imagine that you could make some awesome syrup if you had a good way to drain the flowers of their nectar, maybe you could use the whole flowers to make a jelly! The bottom line is that they smell amazing and the nectar is sweet as sugar! If you have bees and lots of Honeysuckle in your area you will get some delicious Honeysuckle brood (and equally tasty honey a few months later).
Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera Japonica can be grown as a vine to cover a trellis, wall or fence but can also make a good ground cover or erosion control. Growing it vertical will allow it’s fragrance to permeate an area better than if it grows on the ground. Japanese Honeysuckle will also grow competitively with Blackberries, growing up and out to reach sunlight. Because of the invasive nature of Blackberries, a Blackberry patch is an ideal place to grow the also invasive Honeysuckle where it can be left to grow without maintenance. There aren’t really any bugs or diseases that disturb Lonicera Japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle so there isn’t anything to worry about that might kill it. I don’t believe deer will eat it either.
You can propagate Lonicera Japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle from the seeds in the little green to green/black berries it produces in the Winter, but there are much better ways. First, because Honeysuckle grows so rapidly I’m sure just about anyone would gladly dig up a few of their own Lonicera Japonica just for you. Second, if needed, Air Layering works great since Lonicera Japonica will root really easy anywhere it’s branches touch the ground!
It’s probably important to note that the Lonicera Japonica Honeysuckle berries are not edible. They would probably make you sick, I doubt they taste good to begin with. Some birds will eat them though, and when they are done digesting the Lonicera Japonica berries they will plant them for you – anywhere and everywhere! For this reason alone you may want to use some discretion when you choose where to plant them, how close to plant Lonicera Japonica to your garden, etc. I don’ think Lonicera Japonica is all that bad considering you’ve got to weed your garden annually anyways.
From all the variety of Honeysuckle available, not all of them smell or taste good, which makes Lonicera Japonica, Halls Japanese Honeysuckle a must have for gardeners of fragrance! It’s also beneficial because it attracts pollinating insects (bees, which also need our help right now), a reason to plant Lonicera Japonica Honeysuckle around your orchard or vegetable garden!
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Lonicera Japonica is tolerant to a variety of conditions so you should have very little trouble getting the seeds to sprout.
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