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Growing Honeysuckle at Home

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera) can be grown as decorative shrubs or vines. The flowers make a delightful tea with antiviral benefits
  • Climbing varieties flower in the summer, while shrubby varieties flower in late winter, spring and/or summer
  • The plants are heat-tolerant, rarely prone to pests and diseases, and known for their versatility and abundance, which makes growing and caring for them easy
  • Beware: Climbing honeysuckle varieties can produce red berries that are toxic to humans. If ingested, you may experience side effects such as stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea
  • Basic propagation, planting, harvesting, storage and tea-making tips are included

Honeysuckle (Lonicera, in the family Caprifoliaceae) is commonly found growing along roadsides or creeping up fences as ornamental plants. But these colorful and delightfully scented plants are more than just pretty decorations — they have medicinal uses as well, exhibiting powerful antiviral activity.

Depending on the variety, the plants will grow as shrubs or crawling vines, and can be either deciduous or evergreen, especially those growing in warmer regions. The climbing varieties flower in the summer, while shrubby varieties flower in late winter, spring and/or summer.


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