Northern Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla ionicera)

Northern Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla ionicera)

The Northern Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) is perennial shrub in the Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae) that can grow to about a yard (90 centimeters) tall. The genus name is from the name of a French surgeon, N. Dierville. The species name is from the name of a German botanist, Adam Lonitzer.

The flower is  yellow, funnel-shaped with five irregular petals from ½ to ¾ inch ( 1.3 to 1.8 centimeters) long. Five stamens are longer than the petals. This plant blooms from June to August.

The leaves are green, oblong and come to a point. The edges are finely toothed. The leaves are arranged oppositely along light green and somewhat reddish stems.

The fruit is a capsule containing brown seeds.

The root system is simple.

The Northern Bush Honeysuckle prefers rocky soil in wooded areas.

Animals can graze on this plant but it has little nourishment value. People should not consume this plant.


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