Native Plant Award Winner

2020 GCSC Native Plant of the Year

 

 

Nominated by the Potpourri Garden Club of Holly Hill,
Lonicera sempervirens is the 2020 GCSC Native Plant of the Year 
 because of its beauty, easy care,  low maintenance in the landscape, and its value to wildlife.     
Commonly known as coral honeysuckle,  it is a beautiful climbing vine that can be used 
to cover a fence,  trellis or arbor and can be used as a ground cover. 

The name sempervirens refers to its evergreen leaves which remain all winter
except in the coldest areas where it becomes semi-deciduous.
It blooms in mid spring and intermittently throughout the summer and fall  with beautiful showy red flowers.
The flowers are tubular and arranged in whorls of 2-5 clusters. The flowers are followed by bright red berries.

This native plant which can be grown in sun or part shade in a variety of soils.  
Once established it needs very little in the way of fertilization, irrigation, or pesticides. 
It can be grown in either lime or acidic soils. It is somewhat drought resistant.
Yet it can tolerate poor drainage for short periods.

The flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.
The berries attract quail, purple finches, goldfinches, hermit thrushes, and robins.  
The plant itself is the larval host for the Spring Azure Butterfly and the Snowberry Clearwing Moth
and is especially beneficial to the bumble bee.