Saturday, May 10, 2008

Ten-flowered native trumpet honeysuckle on World Peace Wetland Prairie on May 9, 2008.

Please click on photo of Lonicera sempervirens, the native, non-invasive, loose-climbing and gently twining trumpet honeysuckle photographed on May 9, 2008. The 10 flowers shown come from the last two leaves at the ends of new growth, which are joined at their bases and grow cup-like around the stem. The flowers grow out from there and the berry-borne seeds will eventually replace them. Unlike its relative, Japanese honeysuckle (L. japonica), Lonicera sempervirens (also known in some areas as coral honeysuckle) will not spread out of control, and its sparse vines won't strangle shrubs, small trees or tall grass.

Scroll down to view photos of a few other native plants seen on May 8, 2008, by visitors from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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