Plant of Week 14: Honeysuckle
Honeysuckles are sweet smelling vines that produce white and yellow blossoms that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. This time of year, honeysuckle is done blooming and starts to produce red berries. During the Victorian era, honeysuckle was grown around homes to ward off witches and evil spirits!
Species: Lonicera periclymenum
HABITAT: Honeysuckle grows in many areas of Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
IS IT EDIBLE?: Kind of- if you pull the pistil out of a honeysuckle flower, you'll find a drop of sweet tasting nectar that can be eaten. The berries of honeysuckle are poisonous and should not be eaten.
IS IT MEDICINAL?: Honeysuckle has traditionally been used to treat digestive disorders, upper respiratory tract infections, and other viral and bacterial infections.
Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.