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Himalayan Honeysuckle

Leycesteria formosa

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Also known as

Pheasant Berry, Flowering Nutmeg, Granny's Curls, Chinese Honeysuckle

Leycesteria formosa by MPF (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H5-H2

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

2.5m

1.5m

Min

1.5m

7 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Himalayan Honeysuckle

Some pink red Leycesteria formosa flowers growing in the wild
A pink flower on a Leycesteria formosa plant
A close up of a green Leycesteria formosa plant
A close up of some red Leycesteria formosa flowers
Some Leycesteria formosa growing

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Himalayan Honeysuckle Overview

Leycesteria formosa is a deciduous shrub species in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae. It is a low-maintenance, vigorous plant that produces fragrant, pendant white flowers, which develop into showy dark red-purple berries in autumn. The flowers have showy red-purple modified leaf structures surrounding the flowers, termed bracts. It has an erect habit and produces sea-green stems with long, pointed, oval-shaped foliage.

How to propagate Himalayan Honeysuckle

Seed

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings.

Division

Seed or division.

Suckers

By removing rooted suckers in the autumn.

Special features of Himalayan Honeysuckle

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant

Other uses of Himalayan Honeysuckle

Banks, hedging, specimen, bark, ornamental fruit Summer/Winter interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.