Woodbine, European Honeysuckle, Lady’s Fingers
Our native honeysuckle grows widely throughout Europe and has given rise to many forms, often very similar to each other. Flowers fragrant, (creamy)white to carmine-red.
Native of Europe and North Africa.
In N. America escaped from cultivation.
This pretty climber, long connected with old cottage gardens is in cultivation since 1600. Succeeds in most soils from acid to base-rich. Prefers its roots in the shade with its shoots climbing up into the sun. Plants succeed even in quite deep shade and established plants are fairly drought tolerant.
A very ornamental plant, there are a number of named varieties. The leaves drop in November and often turn yellow before.