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  • Honeysuckle

    • Honeysuckle: where the bee sucks

      Post date: Saturday, 3 December, 2016 - 21:10

      The lovely honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is a feature of our hedgerows in mid-summer. This complex flower head, with its strong perfume, is quite common across Dorset. Honeysuckle flowers from June through to September but it is July when it is really at its best. You can find it almost anywhere where the soil is acid and it occurs in woods, scrubby areas, hedgerows and even amongst rocks. It is a climbing plant and needs support so favours woodland edges and hedges but is happy to use just about anything it can find to lean on. It actually is a twining plant rather than a climbing plant if you see what I mean!

      In September these flowers will produce red globular berries which are poisonous so best not used for home made wine perhaps?


       

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