Friday, August 20, 2010

Lonciera subspicata subspicata--Bush Honeysuckle

The pale yellow flower on this California native are pretty, but it is the red berries in fall that are really special. This vining plant likes to grow up through a studier bush like manzanita or ceanothus. Like a lot of vines, it prefers its roots in the shade, and its leaves in the sun. In bloom now at the UC Botanical Garden.

1 comment:

Jeffrey said...

Various sources, including the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, say bush honeeysuckle is a good butterfly nectar plant. Nature Shutterbug photographed a Mournful Duskywing at nectar on it, and it is listed as a caterpillar plant for the Snowberry Clearwing moth. I would like to know more about whatever Lepidoptera value it may have.