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. 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

Bracted honeysuckle

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