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Lonicera hispidula
hairy honeysuckle, pink honeysuckle

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in lowland western Washington; British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Forest understory and edge, thickets, balds, and open woodlands at low elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Shrubby climbing vines, often to 6 m., with hollow twigs that are glaucous when young.


Leaves opposite, firm, glabrous to variously hairy, 2-7 cm. long and 2.5-5 cm. wide, one or more of the pairs at the end of each twig grown together at the base, the lower short-petiolate, sub-cordate, with interpetiolar stipules.


Flowers in terminal or axillary inflorescences, in several compact verticels on a well-developed axis, the lower blooming first; corolla pink, or yellow tinged with pink, 12-18 mm. long, deeply two-lipped, the lips about as long as the tube, the tube swollen on one side above the base; stamens 5, ovary 3-celled, inferior.


Fruit a red berry nearly 1 cm. thick.

Accepted Name:
Lonicera hispidula (Lindl.) Douglas ex Torr. & A. Gray
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. 2(1): 8. 1841.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Lonicera hispidula (Lindl.) Dougl. ex Torr. & Gray var. californica Jeps. [JPM]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Lonicera hispidula in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Lonicera hispidula checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Lonicera hispidula information.

E-Flora BC: Lonicera hispidula atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lonicera hispidula photos.

USDA Plants: Lonicera hispidula information.

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