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Home > Landscaping > Native Plants for Western Washington Gardens and Restoration Projects



Lonicera ciliosa

Orange Honeysuckle

Flowering Period: May, Jun May June
Flower color: orange
Full sun Mostly sunny Partial sun
Moist soil


At a Glance: Climbing vine with clusters of tubular bright orange flowers.

Height: Typically up to 20 feet (6 meters).
Growth Form: Vine.
Stems: Hollow twigs.
Leaves: The end-pair leaves on each twig are joined to form a disk; stems leaves are opposite, oval, with a whitish bloom underneath; size: 4-10 cm (1.5-4 in) long.
Flowers: Flowers narrowly trumpet-shaped flaring to 5 lobes, bright orange; in whorls above end-pair disks at stem tips; can become purple when drying; size: 2-4 cm (.8-1.5 in) long.
Flowering Period: May, June.
Fruits: Bunches of small several seeded berries; size: 1 cm; color: orange-red.

Lonicera ciliosa
Photo © Ben Legler
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Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
full sun > 80%
mostly sunny 60%-80%
partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
mostly shady 60%-80%
full shade > 80%

wet
moist
dry

low elevation
mid elevation
sub-alpine
high elevation


Soil Preferences
(data not available)

Habitat Preferences
Aquatic and Wetland:
Ponds or lakes
Shallow pools
Sloughs
Swales or wet ditches
Seasonally inundated areas
Marshes or swamps
Aquatic bed wetlands
Emergent wetlands
Scrub-shrub wetlands
Forested wetlands
Bogs, fens
Seeps, springs
Shorelines and Riparian:
Lake shores
Bog margins
Streams or rivers
Stream or river banks
Riparian corridors
River bars
Floodplains
Bottomlands
Alluvial areas
Saltwater Areas:
In or near saltwater
Mud flats
Tidal areas
Estuaries
Saltmarshes
Brackish water
Seashores
Coastal dunes or beaches
Rocky or Gravelly Areas:
Coastal bluffs
Cliffs
Rocky slopes
Outcrops
Crevices
Glacial outwash
Gullies
Slide areas
Sub-alpine and Alpine:
Heaths
Snow beds
Tundra
Avalanche tracks
Forests and Thickets:
Forests and woods
Open forests
Coniferous forests
Old growth forests
Deciduous forests
Mixed forests
Nurse logs
Forest edges, openings, or clearings
Thickets
Meadows and Fields:
Pastures or fields
Meadows or grassy areas
Mossy areas
Disturbed Areas:
Roadsides
Trailsides
Logged sites
Burned areas
Disturbed sites

Wildlife Value
Berries
Seeds
Nectar for hummingbirds
Nectar for butterflies
Host for insect larvae
Thickets and shelter
Thorny or protective cover

Birds: Fruit eaten by grouse, pheasants, flickers, robins, thrushes, bluebirds, waxwings, grosbeaks, finches, and juncos. Hummingbirds visit the flowers. Twining habit creates nest spots for small birds.


Ethnobotanical Uses and Other Facts
Material Uses: The stems were used for weaving, binding, and lashing by interior B.C. peoples.
Medicinal Uses: Bark was boiled as tea for sore throats. The leaves soaked in hot water were used to stimulate milk flow in Swinomish women; leaves were also chewed and swallowed for colds. Leaves dipped in water were drunk as a contraceptive by the Chehalis, and girls would bathe in the water to get long beautiful hair.
Food Uses: Saanich children sucked the nectaries.
Ecological Importance: Can reach as high as 60 in trees.

Name Info: Lonicera is named after Adam Lonitzer, a German naturalist.


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The landscaping and restoration information provided on this page is taken from the Starflower Foundation Image Herbarium. All photographs © Starflower Foundation unless otherwise noted.