Friday, February 4, 2011


Lonicera fragrantissima
Blooming now is the wonderfully scented Lonicera fragrantissima, Winter Honeysuckle.  As described on the 'Floridata' website:

"Winter honeysuckle is a bush, not a vine, but it has those familiar honeysuckle flowers and that sweet honeysuckle scent. Winter honeysuckle gets 6-8 ft (1.8-2.4 m) tall, and its irregular, tangled branches form a twisted labyrinth as much as 8-10 ft (2.4-3 m) across. The leaves are nearly evergreen in the South, but deciduous in cooler climes. They are borne in opposing pairs along the slender, arching stems. Flowering begins in late winter and lasts for several weeks, filling the air with fragrance when nothing else is blooming. The flowers are extremely abundant, creamy white, about a half inch (1.5 cm) long and arranged in pairs in the leaf axils."

To read about growing it in this area, please click on Lonicera fragrantissima for a fact sheet and more pictures.