Etruscan Honeysuckle

Lonicera etrusca

''Lonicera etrusca'' is a species of honeysuckle known by the common name Etruscan honeysuckle. It is native to Europe and it is known elsewhere, including the Pacific Northwest of North America, as an introduced species where it has escaped cultivation. It is kept in gardens as an ornamental plant. This is a deciduous perennial climber which can reach lengths of 6 meters. It is lined with oval leaves several centimeters long and bears dense spikes of flowers with pairs of fused leaves at the bases. Each flower has an elongated tubular corolla up to 5 centimeters long divided partway into two lips. The flower is light yellow to pale reddish-pink. The stamens and style protrude from the flower's mouth. The fruit is a bright red rounded berry.

Notable cultivars include 'Donald Waterer' and 'Superba', which has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Honeysuckle with plenty of sweet nectar  Geotagged,Honeysuckle,Israel,Lonicera etrusca,Spring,etrusca

Defense

The berries are poisonous.

Uses

In addition to the plant being grown as an ornamental, the leaves and flowers of ''L. etrusca var. etrusca'' are used as fodder on Mount Honaz and in its vicinity in the Denizli Province of Turkey.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderDipsacales
FamilyCaprifoliaceae
GenusLonicera
SpeciesL. etrusca
Photographed in
Israel