Fragrant Winter Honeysuckle

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UploadedDecember 20, 2012
TakenDecember 17, 2012
ModelCanon EOS REBEL T2i
Exposure1/50 sec at f/7.1
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length50 mm
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Our second year with this (bit of spring all through winter) plant. It's blooming early this year. Not a showy shrub but an interesting addition to our winter yard.

Lonicera fragrantissima is a species of flowering plant in the honeysuckle family known by the common names winter honeysuckle, fragrant honeysuckle, January jasmine, and sweet breath of spring. It is native to China and has been an introduced species to other parts of the world. It was brought to the attention of western gardeners by Scottish plant hunter Robert Fortune, who was plant hunting in China for the Royal Horticultural Society. Fortune introduced Lonicera fragrantissima to England in 1845, and a few years later it was introduced to the United States. In 1853 the editor of American gardening magazine The Horticulturist wrote that the previous year he had been sent a specimen from a plant that had been flowering in the gardens of Hatfield House, the Marquess of Salisbury's stately home in Hertfordshire. The first mention of a specimen for commercial sale in an American plant catalogue is in 1860.

The honeysuckle is used as an ornamental plant for its fragrant flowers. In some parts of the world, where conditions are right, when it moves out of cultivation and takes hold in the wild, it can become an invasive weed.

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  • Robert R. Gaines

    Robert R. Gaines said (20 Dec 2012):

    Very interesting plant. We have a huge problem with bush honeysuckle here. A beautiful but invasive exotic, pretty much our local equivalent of kudzu. It soon displaces the native understory plants destroying the habitat native insects and animals depend on leaving a lovely monoculture desert. The beautiful red berries are eaten by birds and spread.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (21 Dec 2012):

    Lovely shot, interesting information as well

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (27 Dec 2012):

    We have lots of honeysuckle down by our creek in the spring and summer. The fragrance is wonderful.lovely photo.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (27 Dec 2012):

    Awesome shot! i love the smell of honeysuckle! i like how you captured those drops before they fell!

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