J is for Japanese Honeysuckle

So, it’s spring, and we squirrels are reveling in the warmth and color of nature. We see you humans enjoying it, too! One of the plants you may see in your neighborhoods is Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica.

Japanese Honeysuckle

This vine isn’t native to North America, but certainly has made itself at home…in fact, it’s ousted many of our native plants from their homes! The semi-evergreen honeysuckle is invasive, and covers over the ground, then native shrubs and trees in its efforts to spread. The flowers may smell fabulous, and provide some cover for birds, but not even the most agile squirrel can get through it’s tangles. Please consider removing Japanese Honeysuckle. It only needs a bit of toe-hold in the yard to take over.

Here’s a good National Park Service fact sheet with more descriptions and how to manage this invasive plant.

In past years during the Blogging A to Z Challenge we’ve featured native wildflowers. If you’d like to see those–Jewelweed and Jack-in-the-Pulpit–just go over to our search bar and type in ‘J is for’ and they should all pop up for you. You can do that for any of our alphabet posts.

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5 thoughts on “J is for Japanese Honeysuckle

  1. Thank you for addressing the aggressive nature of this plant. And that reminds me of how monarch butterflies are suffering due to lack of milkweed, their catapillars’ primary food source. So gardeners, please consider some variety of that often fragrantly flowered and interesting plant. Oh, and I’m number 1295 on the A to Z list today. Best wishes!

  2. Good post; I didn’t realize this was an invasive plant. I recently moved to Texas and am trying to figure out what’s native here. I love your pictures of squirrels! I’m nuts for them too. Just stopping by from Blogging A to Z…

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