Thursday, July 9, 2009

Coral honeysuckle

Coral honeysuckle, originally uploaded by Elizabeth Smith.

Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is blooming right now here in Southwest Florida; we have two vines with exuberant foliage and flowers. Once of the things I love about this plant is that it’s relatively easy to maintain once established. The blooms attract ruby-throated hummingbirds as well as a large variety of butterflies!


  1. This is a wonderful journal page. Plus another great thing, if my Internet research is correct, Lonicera sempervirens is a non-invasive alternative to Japanese honeysuckle. Wonderful use of watercolor pencils.Kudos to you. Judy

  2. This is a lovely spread showing the different stages of the plant. The colours of the flowers are very exuberant. You are very fortunate to see hummingbirds. I saw one once while on holidays in the USA. I was fascinated. I had only heard and read about them before that.

  3. Beautiful illustration Elizabeth. I expect to always be thrilled by your interpretations and techniques. You are so gifted.

  4. A wonderful native plant for hardiness and nectar. The fused leaves are interesting. Love your life-size drawings, shading and notes.

  5. Wonderful study! The colour of the flowers seems to be glowing... beautiful. Is it as fragrant as the "normal" Lonicera?

  6. Thanks everyone, for your wonderful comments. I'm so pleased to share this with you.

    Sigrid, this honeysuckle has very little fragrance - it must get by on its good looks!

    Alissa, I didn't know that Australia lacked for hummingbirds. Here in Florida we only have one species, but I understand that we do have two other species that show up from time to time and are probably visitors. They do seem like magical little birds; I wish I had one to share with you!


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