Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata) in the Honeysuckles Database

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 8 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Broadleaf
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Edible to bears and small mammals
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Erosion control
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Toxicity: Other: The berries are bitter and unpalatable, and may be edible, mildly toxic or poisonous to humans, depending on the source.
Pollinators: Various insects
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on May 24, 2013 9:44 AM

Native in the Pacific Northwest from Alaska to California, east to Montana and New Mexico. Found in open woods at low to mid elevations. The berries can be used as a black pigment, and the early natives rubbed the berry juice in their hair to color their gray hairs black. The berries are very bitter and not considered palatable to most people. Bears, small mammals, game birds and songbirds all eat them. Host plant for the larva of Gillett's checkermallow. Used for erosion control and riparian restoration. The leaves, berries and bark have been used medicinally.

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