These honeysuckles came to us from Asia, which purpose
was to be used as orna-
mental trellis climbers but when they escaped to the open woods
they quickly be-
came pests. Kudzu is another case on point. These plants (except
Coral Honeysuckle) are extremely difficult to eradicate from
the domestic garden or field, thus its transplantation is not
encouraged. The blossoms produce a sweet nectar that children
love to suck from the flower tube.
Coral Honeysuckle is a perennial plant that sends forth
long trailers; depending on a host shrub or tree for support.
Coral is, for the most part, a deep woods, thicket and roadside
plant which has not been a problem either in the wild or in the
fly garden. The vine is sometimes called Mailbox Honeysuckle
or Trumpet Honeysuckle. This showy wild flower is red outside,
yellow inside and is borne in several whorled clusters at the
end of new growth stems. If you have a plant in your garden it
may be prudent to prune it back each year, which will cause more
new stems on which to promote blossom production and to ensure
a fresh crop of flowers throughout the year. This beautiful climbing
vine attracts hummingbirds throughout the year.
The most unusual of our wild honeysuckle is the Variegated
Flower Japanese Honeysuckle, which does have multi-colored blossoms
that sometimes appear on a single stem. The variegated is found
in large clusters along secondary roads and fence rows and it
is especially fond of being at the margin of cypress bogs. It
appears that the Variegated Flower Honeysuckle is not a hybrid
of the Japanese and Coral Honeysuckle.