Shrub Leaves: opposite, egg-shaped, with a waxy coating (glaucous). The leaves of the flowering shoots are merely stalkless or the uppermost fused into a disk. Flowers: in whorls of three or more, on a 1 - 3 cm long stalk. Calyx short, five-lobed. Corolla scarlet, 3.5 - 5 cm long, tubular, five-lobed (lobes more or less equal). Stamens five. Fruit: a few-seeded berry, in clusters, reddish. Twigs: hairless. Form: sprawling to upright.
Similar species: Lonicera dioica, L. prolifera, and L. sempervirens differ by being climbing shrubs or vines. Also, the corollas of L. dioica and L. prolifera do not grow larger than 3 cm long.
Flowering: mid-June to mid-September
Habitat and ecology: Escaped from cultivation and found along highways.
Occurence in the Chicago region: non-native
Etymology: Lonicera is named after Adam Lonicer (1528-1586), a German botanist and author.
Author: The Morton Arboretum
Citation: The vPlants Project. vPlants: A Virtual Herbarium of the Chicago Region. http://www.vplants.org
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