Himalayan honeysuckle keeps on making new flowers as the plant continues growing throughout the season. Plant out in spring. Cuttings of mature wood, 20 - 25cm with a heel, planted in open ground in October/November. Plants frequently self-sow when growing in suitable conditions[182]. Both are quite hardy though. Yep! So you really have to make sure of which one you have and which part is usable and how. - one unconfirmed report said that the fruit is edible. Flowers well, long lasting. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Llez. It has white flowers, but they’re not fragrant. The dried canes might also make good temporary stakes, though not certain of its durability. Beautiful. Useful plant for screening, will grow happily under trees. The hollow stems can be used to make whistles and flutes. I was given a Leycesteria formosa about 3 years ago. I think the flavour is sweeter on sunny days. New shoots will come up from the original plant thus the resultant width. Bloom Color: Red, White. ..In synopsis: this is a great plant for this area!. to identify the plant, then an internet search found this site. It also *grows quite happily : agroecosystems of perennial plants, to choose the most appropriate plants for their requirements and site conditions. Very easy when done this way[11], it germinates in the spring. We moved house a few months ago. You can find blooms, bracts and berries on Himalayan honeysuckle all at the same time. (Flowers are produced on the current year’s wood, so cutting it back won’t decrease flower production one bit. I attract the birds in to my gardens and now I have them growing all over the place. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water. MusicalThe hollow stems can be made into whistles and flutes[146, 158]. I've tried most methods..but have gotten nowhere! Please donate to support our ‘Plants to Save the Planet’ Project. And it’s hardy only to USDA hardiness Zone 6b or 7, so high mountain ranges are out of the question. It remains for the best tasting forms to be propagated and improved upon but I think Leycesteria formosa does have a lot of potential as a cultivated fruit. Himalayan honeysuckle seeds are available on Amazon. Tolerates urban pollution, maritime conditions and windswept locations[200], though not full maritime exposure[K]. growth..so in peak growing time I think it would make a fairly thick barrier. This species is hardy to -15°c[184], it can be cut to the ground in severe winters but usually resprouts from the base[200]. Discover nature's larder Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium, formerly Mahonia aquifolium) is an evergreen shrub with an upright habit that provides four seasons of color. Fragrant yellow flowers bloom in spring and clumps of edible, blueish-black berries form in summer and hold until winter. A word of warning for those of us in the UK, this plant is very invasive. The flowers, which are delicately scented, are borne at the end of the current season's growth[245]. have it planted mainly with houtuynia with spots of yellow iris and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Propagating honeysuckle can be done in several ways. The blooms are followed by tiny purple berries that are edible and said to taste like toffee or caramel. Have just planted them out and I'm looking forward to a magnificent display from the contrasting colour combination between the fruits, flowers and the strong yellow leaves. Most provide delicious and nutritious fruit, but many also have edible leaves, seeds, flowers, stems or roots, or they yield edible or useful oil. I have also been entirely incapable of propigating it. and so do I, even if it doesn't have much snob appeal! In late winter or early spring, cut back the entire plant to about 6 inches from the ground (yes, you read that right – 6 inches). This QR Code is unique to this page. Its small, white flowers appear in midsummer (and keep going until frost), and they’re surrounded by dark red bracts that droop from stem tips. Its leaves are long and edged in purple, and in late summer the leaf veins turn purple, too. I can confirm that this plant is an invasive weed in New Zealand.. *..Very heavy clay soil that is frequently puddled (I live in Seattle). Maybe you’d think of Japanese honeysuckle and picture the world overrun by a vine with sweet-smelling flowers? Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle) Where is it originally from? pick them and eat them as they are impossible to store as they are soft and burst easily. Great plants. Stay informed about PFAFs progress, challenges and hopes by signing up for our free email ePost. (Many people say the fruit tastes like burnt caramel – and if you don’t eat them, the wildlife surely will!) It is a carefree blooming plant that is attractive to butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds. Name – Leycesteria formosa Family – Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle family) Type – shrub. Family. First, Himalayan honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa) is a shrub, not a vine. KNOCKOUT! years successive feasting. Was in a pot for 2 years, now in the ground. Unlike many Nighshade family fruits, these tomato-like berries are edible and tastey. We are adding search terms and icons to those plants pages, and providing a range of search options aligned to categories of plants and crop yields, with Help facilities including videos. May even try eating a berry or two when they are a bit riper. HIMALAYAN HONEYSUCKLE, PHEASANT BERRY Family: Caprifoliaceae Pronounced: ley-ses-TER-ee-uh for-MOH-suh . Birds, especially pheasants, are very fond of the fruit[11, 182]. Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Edible Parts: FruitEdible Uses: Fruit? http://www.weeds.org.au/cgi-bin/weedident.cgi?tpl=plant.tpl&state=&s=&ibra=all&card=S19 Because of their suckering habits, these plants are good for mass plantings, hedges … A compact deciduous shrub with an upright habit. I picked 3 oz and it seemed to take ages! and into the database, they say they dont know this, i should say try it alive and well) h. I have grown this plant for the past 4 years, I have one traditional variety and one chartreuse variety. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.None known. 1. and this plant is edible (I eat it about 2 years and I'm stil Well, you’d be way off on both accounts. E. Asia - China to the Himalayas. If I told you there’s a great plant called Himalayan honeysuckle, what would you picture? The berries can be red, dark purple or something in between, and are appealing to birds like pheasants. It has edible members and toxic members, edible parts, toxic parts, and they mix and match. Birds and bees love this plant However, the nectar from the flowers of a honeysuckle plant can be ingested without harm. Berries are Plants produce upright bamboo-like hollow stems of a beautiful powdery grey colour. If available other names are mentioned here, Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available. untended branches. New growth is late to emerge from the plant base, but don’t panic – it’ll appear. It's been great watching them. It is a carefree blooming plant that is attractive to butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds. The Foraging Course Company offers inspiring and interactive Wild Food and Mushroom Foraging Courses in The Midlands and East Anglia. What does it look like? Pheasant Berry, Himalayan Honeysuckle, Flowering Nutmeg, Himalyan Nutmeg. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone (smartphone) cameras. It's a profusely branching plant so with a bit of luck I'm going to have potsloads of these by next year. Even perfectly ripe they are incredibly squishy and juicy and pop right out of their skins. Many plants that are poisonous to dogs are very common in backyards.These toxic time-bombs range from being only mildly toxic (for example, causing vomiting) to being responsible They have been selected to provide a mix of different plant sizes and growing conditions. An occasional garden escape in Britain. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. All botanical names have meaning, and many have history. It can actually *grow quite large*..I've never let Form: Oval. I used Stirling Macoboy's "What Flower is That?" Leycesteria formosa 'Golden Lanterns' - Himalayan Honeysuckle. 2. I literally have thousands of these growing wild, which is the reason I came to this site, to see if there were any other uses for this plant. in full flower, as flower and berry combo.. and when all the flowers fall If ingested in large quantities, respiratory failure, convulsions and coma may occur. Morphology: This deciduous shrub grows to 6’ in both height and width. It would be good to find a way to use of thousands of these plants as they are reported to inhibit the growth of natives. The latter does not grow as vigorously or as tall as the former. I highly recommend it for all zones I have it as the edge of a small water feature (ok so its a big rock with a hole drilled through it) Book titles include Edible Plants, Edible Perennials, Edible Trees, and Woodland Gardening. All Rights Reserved. in my bog! and fabulous for pea shooters for the kids. Himalayan Honeysuckle is a member of the Honeysuckle Family native to Himalaya and southwestern China, but widely naturalized and often invasive in Australia, New Zealand, and Micronesia. that can give it enough water and keep it out of day-long direct sun. * Important announcements and news and a good piece to show neighbors. document.write(s); This is a QR code (short for Quick Response) which gives fast-track access to our website pages. I'm sure someone brought them here thinking they looked nice. Description During the spring flowering period Himalaya Honeysuckle bears hanging red and white flowers that are magnets for hummingbirds. The Himalayan honeysuckle is native to the Himalayas and China. Edible Shrubs provides detailed information, attractively presented, on over 70 shrub species. of their skins before eating. To expand the reach of this pretty, shade-creating vine in your garden, follow the tips and guidelines found in this article. Someone told be that they are an abnoxious weed. Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. we inherited a large 10acre garden including woodland,this plant can and does pop up all over the place,it grows so rapidly that it can be 1m high before you really notice it. BUT WAIT!!! White honeysuckle flowers are held in drooping clusters of deep red bracts, later followed by showy purple-black edible berries, said to taste like toffee. If you leave them too long they practically liquify and become little more than brown juice in a bag which splatters over your fingers. So...while cutting frequently will give you thicker and thicker foliage-- Even better, this deciduous shrub is easy to maintain. The fruits appear in tiers on large pendulous flower clusters, and the ones on the top tier ripen first, so you can't just grab a whole bunch in one go. Small, mildly-scented, white honeysuckle flowers, subtended by showy deep red bracts, bloom throughout summer (June – September) in terminal and axillary pendulous racemes. * Updates on new information & functionality of the website & database What really suprised me was how cheap the plants were to buy so it can't be that difficult to propagate although I did notice on another website that it's something of a weed in South Australia! It has a very bitter taste and is not very desirable, though the birds love it. Himalayan Honeysuckle: Leycesteria formosa. I dont spend thousands a year wailing and nashings teeth worrying about what in some peoples eyes are invasive species, Britains full of them, I had a Himalayan Honeysuckle appear 4 yrs ago, its now 12 feet tall and full of beautiful racemes of flowers and berries, The postman hates it but the blackbirds love the berries, the postman lost. © 2006-2020 atropurpurea), pruned purple smokebush (Cotinus coggygria cultivars) or purpleleaf sand cherry (Prunus cistena). The Project is directed at enabling designers of ‘carbon farms’ and ‘food forests’: agroecosystems of perennial plants, to choose the most appropriate plants for their requirements and site conditions. I have grown a plant called Leycesteria formosa, I have not tasted the berries but they are supposedly edible and have a bitter taste. * Please note: the comments by website users are not necessarily those held by PFAF and may give misleading or inaccurate information. There is no danger in sucking or drinking nectar from honeysuckle flowers. Mulch it heavily in fall, since harsh winters can kill them. It is illegal to propagate or sell (not that it needs any help). its very good but must be fully ripe (dark brown berry's). Personally I am more than pleased with my Present from the Skies Flowers are followed by small fleshy edible purple berries which purportedly taste like toffee or caramel. We are working on a subset of plants in the PFAF database identified as having the most potential for inclusion in such designs. Birds such as blackbirds, hummingbirds, and pheasants seem to like the dark purple berries. Slightly arching, hollow green stems are characteristic of this beautiful shrub. Not really 'fruity' (And thank intrepid plant explorers and industrious horticulturists that you don’t have to go to the Himalayas to find one.). Often, you’ll see just a few bunch berry plants together, not a whole patch like in the photo above. In late summer, the plant produces edible fruits that mature from green to pink to red to dark purple. An absolute nightmare to pick though, the brown stain from the fruit does not wash out of white cotton shorts. Undersized honeysuckle. We are working on a subset of plants in the PFAF database identified as having the most potential for inclusion in such designs. They are also called the king of the berries by some. Leycesteria formosa. Tolerant of heavy clay soils and damp sites - if you must cultivate it, chop it hard after flowering - it comes back in the UK. Leycesteria formosa is a robust and easily grown shrub native to China and Tibet, which attracts a wealth of wildlife. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources to answer questions ourselves. any way,about the plant.I am growing it in Telford Shropshire U.K. Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf.org website on their phone. Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included. Still alive after several This beauty also combines well in mixed borders. I have discovered that the dried stems might make a flute but I wasn't good at my attempt to make one - though it seems suitable. Plant it in almost any moist soil in full sun or part shade and it’ll grow fast – reaching about 6 feet tall and about as wide by season’s end. A strong caramel taste but followed by a burning sensation not unlike chilli from tongue to stomach, which took about 20 minutes to ease. Himalayan honeysuckle grows well in Northern California, but only in the coastal areas. This versatile shrub can be grown for its ornamental value in summer as well as for a tasty supply of blueberry-like fruits. It's hard to forget one sample I tried with my young daughter. The Woodland Park Zoo here in Seattle has them growing in their woodland areas along the paths and they get 10 feet tall. it just "go" completely, but I'd guess it woudl get to about 10'tall x 5-6' wide. picked up a reference to it in a book about shade tolerant plants and having a spot to fill thought i'd give it a try when i came across it in a local garden centre. experienced with the plant; I just wanted to share my "truths"!. We are currently updating this section. with my neighbours but I cannot remember how I first came across it. 19 Jul, 2009; ... Hello all,nice to meet you,They are edible. Pollination Honeysuckle is not self-fertile. I have one of these and I live in the Blue Mountains in NSW. If anyone has an more ideas of what other uses this plant might have, please pass them along. Tångavägen 5, 447 34 Vårgårda info@futureliving.se 0770 - 17 18 91 pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Want more Himalayan honeysuckles? Sow it as soon as possible in a cold frame. The Himalayan honeysuckle is a fantastic shrub with abundant blooming. I own a forest block on the South Island with 22Ha of Radiata Pine (Pinus Radiata) and it grows freely under the trees which are now 15-20m in height. Commonly known as Himalayan Honeysuckle, this gold-leaf version is a real show stopper. The plants arching, weeping appearance, combined with contrasting greens of old and new foliage Go on, try it...you know you want to. But this very underappreciated shrub has lots of positives: Its hollow green stems are reminiscent of bamboo, but without the invasive properties. Smartphone users scan the QR Code which automatically takes them to the webpage the QR Code came from. very palatable and taste of caramel if you pop them out The non-invasive honeysuckle is a desirable garden plant for pretty flowers. Himalayas. Some people call them treacle berries,sweet at first then a mild bitter taste. 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