Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Lonicera sempervirens - Trumpet Honeysuckle

Coral Honeysuckle

Ohio Native Vine - Natural Range

Lonicera sempervirens

To view the natural range of Trumpet honeysuckle visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website.
Lonicera sempervirens
Lonicera sempervirens bloomed Christmas 2018
Coral Honeysuckle
Coral Honeysuckle

Wildlife Significance - Coral Honeysuckle

Pollinated by - Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Host plant for - Caterpillars of Hummingbird Clearwing, Snowberry Clearwing moths and Spring Azure

Nectar - Source for hummingbirds, Sphinx moths, and butterflies.nourishment for Migrating Baltimore Orioles

Seed  - Enjoyed by Purple Finches and Hermit Thrushes

Deer - Conflicting information, some sources indicate deer don't enjoy this plant others say they browse. I am not able to speak from experience as deer rarely frequent our neighborhood.  

For detailed information on Trumpet Honeysuckle visit  Illinois Wildflower website

Seed/plant Provenance -

Original seed and plant 2015 - Ken and Paula Korber, Cleveland, Ohio - Nodding Onion Gardens seed 2018 and vegetative cuttings.
Cultivation Information 

Family -
8 to 15 ft
Flower Color
-reddish orange
Blooms - May to June
Sun - Full
Soil - Average well drained - Our is doing very well in clay soil

Hardy Zone -  4 to 9

Support - Trellises or fences. Ours is growing on a four foot fence, I prune back when it occupies more space than I am will to offer.

Trumpet Honeysuckle
Trumpet Honeysuckle

Propagation Notes

Stem cuttings - September 2018 grown inside under florescent lights. They are doing especially well and surprised us  by flowering around Christmas.

Seed - September, 2018 - Ripe red seed was collected and washed, then stored in the refrigerator for 3 months. Seed was not dried before moist/cold storage.

Seed Planted - January 15, 2019 - Then placed under florescent lights (12 to 14 hours). House temperature 65°F during day and 63°F at night. Germination occurred  on January 25, 2019.  Seedlings appeared between 1/25/2019 and 1/30/2019.  A total of 30 seedlings. This reflected close to 100% germination rate.