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•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Typically grows 10 to 20 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide.

•Phenology: Perennial vine with slender, semi-evergreen leaves and clusters of tubular, coral-colored flowers that bloom in spring and intermittently throughout the summer.

•Life Cycle: Perennial vine

•Bloom Season: Spring to summer

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Semi-evergreen

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy or loamy soils

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Prefers moderately moist soil, but can tolerate drought once established

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Butterfly gardens, hummingbird gardens, native plant gardens, trellises, arbors, fences

•Maintenance Tips: Moderate maintenance; prune as needed to control growth and remove dead or damaged foliage; may require occasional thinning to prevent overcrowding

•Considerations: Coral Honeysuckle can spread vigorously in favorable conditions and may require management to prevent it from becoming invasive.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; typically not preferred by deer or rabbits

•Edible: The flowers of Coral Honeysuckle are edible and attract hummingbirds, but other parts of the plant may be toxic if ingested.

•Medicinal Uses: Traditionally used in herbal medicine for various purposes, including as a treatment for sore throats and fevers, but use caution as some species may have toxic properties.

•Toxicity to Pets: Some species of Honeysuckle may be toxic to pets if ingested in large quantities.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Tickseed (Coreopsis spp.)

•Wildlife Benefit: Attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies; provides habitat and food for hummingbirds and other birds

•Caterpillar Host Plant: Coral Honeysuckle is a host plant for the caterpillars of various butterfly species, including the Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) and the Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon).

Coral Honeysuckle - Lonicera sempervirens


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