Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’

(Europe, before 1789)

The dark crimson buds open to purplish red outside, becoming paler with age; interior white, fading yellowish. The stems and leaves are also purplish tinged. The berries differ in being purple-red.

The plant described by Phillip Miller as Caprifolium germanicum flore rubello serotinum and known as the Flamish or Late Red Honeysuckle flowered in late summer over a period of “not much more than a fortnight” (serotinus means late in flowering). The plant we know as this time as ´Serotina´ flowers over a long period in summer. It is long flowering, rather than late flowering and seems to be the same as Miller´s L. periclymenum semperflorens

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