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The perennial vine Lonicera hispidula is a species of honeysuckle known as pink honeysuckle and, less often, California honeysuckle. It is a low-elevation woodlands shrub—vine found on the West Coast of the United States. [1]


Lonicera hispidula has distinctive leaves growing opposite on the stems, the uppermost pairs fused at the bases to surround the stem. At the end of the stem grow attractive pink honeysuckle blossoms. It bears spherical red fruits which are edible but bitter. [2]


There are two subspecies: [1]

  • Lonicera hispidula hispidula
  • Lonicera hispidula vacillans.


The stems are hollow and sturdy and were used by the Pomo people as smoking pipes. [3]

Lonicera hispidula is cultivated by specialty native plant plant nurseries as an ornamental plant for drought-tolerant wildlife gardens and natural landscaping in California. The flowers attract hummingbirds, other birds eat the fruits.

Written on October 16th, 2012 , Fruits Tags:

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