07 Juli 2010

Lonicera Periclymenum, the Wild Honeysuckle

The wild honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is one in Western Europe (less in Belgium) are common, perennial, deciduous vine in the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).

The right winding or creeping, woody stems may be 2-10 m long. Although the plant is not parasitic, "strangle" the plant or its wearer because it has to carry his weight and less leaf area and light it. The 4-6 cm long and 2-5 cm wide, smooth-edged, green leaves are pointed-oval.

The creamy white, 3-5 cm wide flowers are grouped in clusters of terminal epoxides, bilabial, later the color darker and tends to yellow. The flowers have a pleasant smell. The flowering period is June to September. The red berries are somewhat poisonous.

One can find this plant in forests, especially in light or medium light locations, and hedges and undergrowth.

The range extends from southern Scandinavia, through Germany, Benelux, Great Britain to France. The plant was introduced in North America.

At the time of the Roman Empire, the plant is used in breast diseases and urinary tract infections.

Source: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilde_kamperfoelie

See also: International Flower Delivery, Florist

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