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Honeysuckle Vine Can Evoke Strong Feelings

By SongofJoy
June 24, 2014

Not only can it evoke strong feelings with its powerful fragrance, but the much-maligned Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) can also evoke feelings of anger if it escapes into your landscape or beyond. Fortunately, there are other species of this vine that can provide the positive characteristics of honeysuckle without as many of the negative ones.

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Jun 24, 2014 4:10 AM CST
Seeing this has renewed my interest in honeysuckle. I have one honeysuckle plant 'Dropmore Scarlet' and now you have me trying to think if a way to incorporate more in my garden. Thanks a lot Smiling

After reading about Dropmore Scarlet and finding that it is not as fragrant as other honeysuckles, now I wish I had a different one. As a matter of fact, I don't know that I have ever smelled a fragrance on it. However, dh and I love the leaves and shape of it draping from our windmill just as much as the blooms.

Strong feelings, yes! The old honeysuckle of yesteryear still conjures up sweet memories of good times growing up on the farm. Sucking the juice out of the honeysuckle was fun and I'll always remember Mom and Dad taking us blackberry picking in places where the honeysuckle grew wild.

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Name: Carole
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Jun 24, 2014 6:19 AM CST
I agree. My grandparents had a small farm and I remember first encountering honeysuckle there ... and sucking the juice from the blooms.

The 'Dropmore Scarlet' is a lovely vine. Lovey dubby
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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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Jun 24, 2014 6:23 AM CST
To me, the fragrance of Japanese Honeysuckle is "love". When it blooms with the wild roses (also considered invasive weeds!), the combined fragrance is the breath of heaven.
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Name: Deb
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Jun 24, 2014 9:33 AM CST
I've never thought of honeysuckle as an annoyance plant, but perhaps it is just well behaved in my zone. I also note none of my vines are L. japonica which appears to be the culprit of misbehavior. I do have a native that I've read can get out of hand, but so far it has only colonized in a few welcome spots (L. ciliosa). I absolutely love the way the fragrance rides the evening breeze from L. 'Belgica,' often surprising me in spots out of sight of the actual vine.
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