Lonicera hispidula (Hairy Honeysuckle)
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Plant Description: A climbing deciduous shrub with large pink flowers. Opposite leaves are variously hairy, sometimes smooth; with the terminal pair joined to form a disc. Pink (or yellow tinged with pink), tubular flowers are born in terminal clusters, accompanied by a pair of axillary clusters. The flowers are two-lipped with the lips about as long as the tube; curling back as the flowers open. Fruits are bright red berries. Stems are hollow.
- Height: 3-20', the higher end achieved with twining
- Width: 8'
- Watering needs: Low to medium, very drought tolerant
- Sun needs: Partial shade
- Soil needs: Medium to slow drainage. Tolerates a variety of soils including clay. Soil PH: 5.0 - 7.0
- Bloom Time: Late Spring and Early Summer
- Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes
Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This native plant tends to grow on slopes and streambanks at elevations from sea level to 2500 feet. It will climb up larger shrubs or a trellis if available; otherwise it will spread out along the ground. It can be used as a bank filler or as ground cover. The tubular pink flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds and pollinators, and the bitter berries are food for a variety of bird species. It can also be implemented as a deer resistant.
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