Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis)

Shrub
L. ciliata. Muhl.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Fly Honeysuckle
Lonicera canadensis
Caprifoliaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The steeped branches are a very effective diuretic[207].

    A decoction of the shoots is used in the treatment of chancres caused by syphilis[257].

    The bark is sedative. An infusion has been given to children who cry all night[257].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit[2, 177]. It is possibly edible[105]. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter[235].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 2 months cold stratification[113] and should be sown as soon as possible in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 – 10cm with or without a heel, July/August in a frame. Good percentage[78]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season’s growth, 15 – 20cm with or without a heel, November in a cold frame. Good percentage[78]. Layering in autumn[200].
Grows best in a good moist soil in a sunny position, it does not fruit so well in the shade[200].
N. America – Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota.

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