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Scientific Name: Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'

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Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'
Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'
Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'
Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'


  • Perennial
  • Japanese honeysuckle is native to East Asia and it is today naturalized in many parts of the world.
  • It is a hardy vigorous, dense, twining, evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial climber with hollow hairy stems and aired, ovate, dark green leaves up to 10cm long.
  • In summer to autumn it produces fragrant white flowers that age yellow, followed by poisonous, blue-black berries.
  • The fruit is only formed after a hot summer.
  • It needs well-drained soil in sun or partial shade and is draught tolerant once established.
  • Japanese honeysuckle can be cut back hard in spring.
  • Seeds can be sown in autumn or spring and once they are big enough to handle, they should be spaced about 1 meter apart.
  • It makes a good ground cover, is useful on banks and makes an excellent screen for a north or east facing fence or to hide an unsightly object.

Culinary Uses

  • A tea is made from the leaves, buds and flowers.

Parts Used

  • The flowers, leaves and stems.
  • The flowers are harvested in early morning before they open and are dried for later use.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • The stems and flower buds are alterative, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, depurative and diuretic.
  • The stems are used internally in the treatment of acute rheumatoid arthritis, mumps and hepatitis.
  • The stems and flowers are used together as an infusion in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections (including pneumonia) and dysentery.
  • An infusion of the flower buds is used in the treatment of a wide range of ailments including syphilitic skin diseases and tumors, bacterial dysentery, colds, enteritis, pain, swellings etc.
  • Japanese Honeysuckle is also used to reduce blood pressure.
  • Experimentally, the flower extracts have been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels and are antibacterial, antiviral and tuberculostatic.
  • Externally, the flowers are applied as a wash to skin inflammations, infectious rashes and sores.

Other Uses

  • Preserve flowers in vinegar/honey for the bath.
  • Potpourri
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