Honeysuckle (Lonicera)

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  1.   1.  Description
    1.   1.1  Types
  2.   2.  Obtainment
  3.   3.  Uses
  4.   4.  More
  5.   5.  'Souls
Common Name Honeysuckle
Latin Name Lonicera
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"Fly honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis)"
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1.  Description

A few species of honeysuckle found throughout 'Souls are almost all invasive, leftover cultivars from humanity. They were frequently used in gardens and as cultivars, especially for covering up unsightly buildings.

There are also two native honeysuckle species in Nova Scotia, specifically L. villosa and American fly-honeysuckle (L. canadensis).[1]

1.1  Types

  • Sweetberry Honeysuckle: A native deciduous shrub growing to 1.5–2 m tall; the fruit is a blue berry about 1 cm in diameter. The fruit can be used to dye a bright purple-red. It can make excellent rich burgundy-colored wine, similar to grape or cherry wine. The fruit of blue-berried honeysuckle have been described as similar to raspberries, blueberries, black currants, or saskatoon berries.
  • Bush Honeysuckle: The red berries are mildly poisonous and shouldn't be eaten. In deciduous forest understories, it may form dense growths with thick canopies that shade out native shrubs, young trees, and wild flowers. Uncontrolled, these growths create a near monoculture of Amur Honeysuckle.
  • Japanese Honeysuckle: It is an effective groundcover, and has pleasant, strong-smelling flowers. Virtually impossible to control in naturalized woodland edge zones due to its rapid spread via tiny fruit seeds. It forms a tall dense woody shrub layer that aggressively displaces native plants. It is also very difficult to manage in semi-wild areas, such as in large rural yards -- as is seen in Inferni's D'Neville Mansion.
  • Morrow's Honeysuckle: The flowers are white to pale yellow. Thrives at the edges of forests, roads, or other natural or man-made barriers, but is not limited to them, and is found in both mature and disturbed forests. With a sufficiently established thicket of honeysuckle, even other shade-tolerant, invasive species have difficulty growing underneath it.
  • American/Canadian fly honeysuckle: (native) A shrub that can grow 1-2 metres tall. The branches are ascending or horizontal and, unusually for honeysuckle, possess hairless leaves. In Nova Scotia, it flowers in early May and fruit appears around the first week of June - first week of August. It is found in mixed and deciduous forests.
  • Mountain Fly-Honeysuckle (Lonicera villosa): (native) This plant is found in bogs, wet pastures, heath-barrens, boggy thickets, and low pastures. The flowers bloom in May and/or early June in Nova Scotia. Its berries are reportedly, delicious. Three of its five recognised varieties occur in Nova Scotia.

2.  Obtainment

Very easy. Honeysuckle was valued in the garden, for its ability to twine around other plants, or to cover unsightly walls or outbuildings. It can be found in human areas -- Amherst and Colchester Quarter in particular.

3.  Uses

  • Scent: It has an intense fragrance in summer (especially true for Japanese Honeysuckle).
  • Dye: Rhodoxanthin, a red dye, is found in the berries of Honeysuckle.
  • Fiber: Both shrubby and vining sorts have strongly fibrous stems which have been used for binding and textiles.
  • Edible: Berries of Mountain Fly-Honeysuckle are edible.

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5.  'Souls

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