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Coral Honeysuckle - Lonicera sempervirens

Coral Honeysuckle - Lonicera sempervirens

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This long-lived perennial is a native honeysuckle vine, also known as trumpet honeysuckle, which can be grown throughout Florida and features scarlet flowers that bloom for months. It is a really pretty way to spruce up a fence, add to a trellis or use as a ground cover. It may need a little help getting started on its climb at first. It produces clusters of bright red tubular flowers throughout spring and summer; and in the Tampa Bay area known to produce flowers well into fall. There are cultivars with yellow flowers also. The flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies and then mature from green berries into red berries that draw our Florida songbirds, especially the Cardinals in late summer and fall aiding in distribution of the seed. The medium-sized glossy leaves have a silvery green underneath which provide a nice backdrop in a landscape. In our area, they are typically evergreen unless there is a very harsh winter, and then it would drop its leaves and come back in early spring. It handles full sun to moderate shade and grows in our sandy Florida soil.