Facts about Lonicera Periclymenum: Sweet Honeysuckle. The Lonicera Periclymenum plant, commonly known as honeysuckle plant, is a traditional garden shrub that has a pleasant, sweet smell and the ability to twine around other plants. This climbing ability is a desirable quality in a garden, as the Lonicera Periclymenum plants are often used to cover unsightly walls and outerbuildings. The decorative honeysuckle can be seen winding around trellises and ascending decorative arches. Climbing roses go nicely with honeysuckle, entwining and complimenting each other beautifully.
The smell is attractive to many different Lonicera Periclymenum plant species, thus making honeysuckle useful in many ways. Cats are particularly drawn to the sweet smell, and their toys are often filled with it. Health, beauty products, and soaps are made from honeysuckle, and has even been used as a powerful herbal medicine, treating gout, kidney stones and liver problems. Also beneficial to nature and the environment, Lonicera Periclymenum is an excellent source of nectar and pollen for all kinds of insects. The self-fertile Lonicera Periclymenum plant is pollinated by bees and provides shade, shelter and nesting spots for birds and small animals.
The large Lonicera Periclymenum plants have almost trumpet shaped individual flowers. The unique flowers open white, but quickly change to a red-flushed color for most of the summer. Small oval-shaped leaves ranging in color from dark green to blue-green are characteristic of the plant. The species belongs to the Caprifoliaceae family, which is made up of at least 65 plants. The aromatic Lonicera Periclymenum plant is native to the northern hemisphere and has a tendency to invade the landscape if not kept under control. While people, especially children like to suck the base of the flower, extracting the sweet nectar, the berries are toxic to humans and must not be eaten. The plants are either deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves at the end of the growing season, or evergreen, meaning they keep their leaves year round. Lonicera Periclymenum plant can grow to heights of 23 feet (7 meters) or more, grows wild in woodland areas, hedgerows, scrubs and shady places.