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Tatarian Honeysuckle Lonicera tatarica


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Tatarian Honeysuckle, flowers and leaves
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Alternate name: Twinsisters

Family: Caprifoliaceae, Honeysuckle view all from this family

Description Lonicera tatarica is native to Siberia and eastern Asia. Introduced to North America as an ornamental plant in 1752, it is now considered a noxious weed, one of several such exotic bush honeysuckles naturalized across the continent. It is present across the continent west to Alaska and California, where it easily grows in disturbed habitat. It is a bushy shrub which may approach three meters in erect height. It is lined with oval or rounded leaves 3 to 6 centimeters long. The inflorescence is generally a pair of white to pink to crimson red flowers each about 1.5 centimeters long. The flowers are somewhat tubular, their stamens and styles protruding. The fruit is a shiny orange or red berry up to a centimeter wide. The plant forms thickets and spreads easily when birds and other animals consume the fruits.

Warning Berries may be mildly poisonous if eaten. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.

Habitat Cities, suburbs & towns, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Fields.

Range Rocky Mountains, Eastern Canada, Great Lakes, Alaska, Northwest, Southeast, Plains, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, California, New England.