Southwest Plant of the Month – Coral trumpet honeysuckle – Lonicera sempervirens

Nov 15, 2020 | Plant of the Month

General Information

Plant Form Vine Plant Size 15′ x 8′
Plant Type Semi-evergreen Water Usage Medium
Sunlight Sun, Partial Shade Colors Red

Physical Description: 
Dense, low climbing, shrubby vine with clusters of flamboyant, scarlet, tubular flowers in spring and summer on tidy stems with interesting cup-shaped, clasping, evergreen leaves, and red berries.

Care and Maintenance:  Leaf loss in severe winters.

Gardener’s Notes:  Attracts hummingbirds. Well mannered, commonly available native of east Texas.
More drought tolerant western relatives include red flowered L. arizonian, and fragrant, white blossomed L. albiflorous, are available, though they might require ordering.

All are much less invasive than their Japanese cousins.

Information from NMSU Southwest Yard and Garden Plant Advisor

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