It is a free flowering plant with broad green leaves and dense heads of pink and purplish red flowers. It produces large clusters of red berries in the autumn.
It is doubtful that the plant described by Phillip Miller as Periclymenum germanicum still exist in its original form. This old form, of more bushy habit, is well known in England as the “Early Dutch Honeysuckle”. The name derived from Belgium: a low country on the south shore of the North Sea and English Channel.
There were many inferior seedlings of ´Belgica´ in circulation, because in former days it was propagated by seed. The Boskoop Research Station collected these forms and in 1977 they selected ‘Belgica Select’ as the best of the ´Belgica´ forms.