Native Plants: Bracted honeysuckle

A lonicera involucrata [bracted, (black) twinberry, bearberry or four-line honeysuckle]. It is part of caprifoliaceae – the honeysuckle family. It attracts hummingbirds and other wildlife.

Wildflower.org says, “A formal-looking, shiny-green shrub, four-line honeysuckle or black twinberry usually grows from 3-8 ft. in height. Its deciduous leaves are opposite and oval. The tubular flowers occur in (the) axillary (between the stem and leaf) and fade from yellowish-orange to reddish-purple. They are followed by black berries, each subtended (in a nearby and lower position) by four reddish bracts.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a bract as “a leaf from the axil (place where the stem and leaf meet) of which a flower or floral axis arises.”

In the boreal forest and into Alaska, bracted honeysuckle grows in “moist or wet soil in forests, clearings, riverbanks, swamps and thickets,” says borealforest.org.

Bracted honeysuckle

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