Nov. 26, 2017

Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica

Unlike other murderers in the row, this one strangles its victims. It can twine up a tree to over thirty feet. Meanwhile, it spreads out over the ground, looking for more victims. It has great success. I was first aware of it as a grade schooler. I thought its fragrance and nectar were terrific. But I now understand the cost. Not everyone does. Wikipedia still touts is as a good garden plant and ground cover. The inch and a half long flowers turn straw colored as they age. Japanese honeysuckle has now been reported from every state except AK, ID, MT, ND, OR, and SD, and is in ON. In the northern part of the range, it may not set viable fruit. But even here, it's not wise to fool around with. Lenawee Co MI, 6/16/11.