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Hairy Honeysuckle
Lonicera hispidula
About Hairy Honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula) Nurseries Show All Photos Hairy Honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula var. vacillans) is a native vine or shrub in the Caprifoliaceae family that grows in the Sierra foothills and parts of southern California, but is primarily found along the coast from San Luis Obispo County northward. It tends to grow on slopes and streambanks at elevations from seal level to 2500 feet. The tubular pink flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds. It will climb up larger shrubs or a trellis if available; otherwise it will spread out along the ground. It's an attractive vine for central coast and northern California gardens.

It does well in soils that are moist year round or dry in the summer but with minimal irrigation. Very easy to grow and a nice landscaping choice.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Shrub, Vine

Max. Height
4 ft (1.2 m)

Max. Width
8 ft (2.4 m)



Growth Rate

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Slopes and streambanks, protected canyons, foothills

Part Shade

Elevation ?
3' - 6112'

Annual Precip. ?
8.6" - 122.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 3.75"

Coldest Month ?
36.9° F - 57.1° F

Hottest Month ?
58.4° F - 77.9° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 26.59 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils including clay

Soil PH
5.0 - 7.0

Medium, Slow

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to -5° F

Sunset Zones ?
7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Wildlife Attracted
Hummingbirds are very attracted to the flowers. Other birds are attracted to the fruits.

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Deep Organic

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: 1mo. stratification.  For propagating by seed: 1mo. stratification.

Common uses
Deer Resistant, Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Lonicera hispidula var. vacillans,Lonicera hispidula var. hispidula

Common Names
California Honeysuckle, Pink Honeysuckle

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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