Wild Plant Guide

A Taste of Summer: Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle (Lonicera) is fragrant white and yellow flowers seen throughout the summer months.

They have drinkable nectar from honeysuckle flowers. Petals are also edible, perfect in summer salads or desserts. But the berries of it are poisonous. Only nectar and flowers are safe.

How to drink Honeysuckle nectar?

To drink the nectar, hold the flower with one hand, and pinch just above the calyx with the other. Pinch hard enough to break through the petal, but not all the way through the insides.
Then gently pull on the end of the honeysuckle. A white string should show up, connected to the calyx. This white string is the style, part of the female half of the flower. Continue to slowly pull the style down the center of the honeysuckle flower then bring it to your lips, and enjoy!

How to root Honeysuckle in water?

You can use water to propagate honeysuckle cuttings, because they root easily. The water provides the needed moisture, but make sure you change the water every 3-4 days. Stagnant water inhibits rooting because it becomes deficient of the necessary oxygen.

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