Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


863

Shrub
Perennial

Non-native: China

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it in forests, woodlands, old house sites, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

partial shade

LEAVES:
Tardily deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
White/Yellowish
5-lobed calyx
2-lipped 5-lobed corolla (four-lobed upper lip, one-lobed lower lip)
5 stamens
Inferior ovary
Flowers in peduncled pairs in leaf axils

FRUIT:
Spring
Orange/Red
Berry

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Dipsacales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lonicera fragrantissima   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lonicera fragrantissima   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 174-02-003:
Lonicera fragrantissima   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle


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image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm160130_092

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm160130_095

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm160130_097

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm160130_098

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm160130_100

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm160130_104

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Stigma capitate [head-like], per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm160130_106

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaves elliptic to broad-ovate, 1-3" long, 2/3x to almost as wide, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

Roxanna Martin    rlm12812_103

January    Spartanburg County    SC

Five stamens, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

Roxanna Martin    rlm12812_106

January    Spartanburg County    SC

Flowers paired, subtended by 2 linear bracts; calyx lobes essentially obsolete, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_fragrantissima

February        

Flowers are paired and their ovaries are united half their length, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    s050227_u

February    Richland County    SC

Roadside

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm110316_013

March    Greenville County    SC

Wide-spreading shrub with a tangled mass of slender recurving branches, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm110316_019

March    Greenville County    SC

Bark often flaking, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm110316_020c

March    Greenville County    SC

Flowers relatively small, 2-lipped, creamy white tinged pink or red, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

image of Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweet-breath-of-spring, Winter Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm151230_073

December    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Holds foliage very late into fall and, in southern states, into winter, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.