Western trumpet honeysuckle – Lonicera ciliosa
The western trumpet honeysuckle is a deciduous vine that trails up to 6m along trees and shrubs. It can be found in open woods or along forest edges and prefers partial to full sun. Once established, it is drought tolerant but prefers moist soil. The western trumpet honeysuckle can be identified by their strong, thin stems and large, smooth, oval shaped leaves that end in a cluster of orange-yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. The flowers are accompanied by ornamental orange-red berries. These flowers bloom in May to July and the berries ripen in September.
The flowers of the western trumpet honeysuckle produce a sweet scented and edible nectar that can be eaten by both humans and wildlife. These flowers are particularly attractive to hummingbirds. The berries produced by the western trumpet honeysuckle attract wildlife but should be avoided by humans, as they are mildly toxic.
First Nations peoples used the leaves and bark to make tea to be used as a contraceptive, treat colds, and sore throats. The stems were used to create twine and thread.
Other Uses: Y
Soil: Clay and loamy
Watering: Dry to moist
Sun: Partial to full sun
Usually found at: Open woods or along forest edges
Pollinators & wildlife: Bees and hummingbirds
Ornamental: Decorative trailing vine adorned with sweet orange flowers.
Leaves: Hairy, young leaves mature to smooth, large, oval shaped leaves. Pairs of opposite leaves grow to 6 cm long and 5 cm across. Yellowish green to dark green and glossy upper surface with a paler green under surface.
Flowers: Terminal clusters of orange trumpet-shaped flowers with 5 lobed petals.
Berries: Toxic orange-red translucent berries.
First Nations uses: Leaves and bark were used to make tea to be used as a contraceptive, treat colds, and sore throats. The stems were used to create twine and thread.