Lonicera villosa, where are you?

4 Jul

If you don’t already know this wild berry let me introduce you to Mountain fly honeysuckle or if you prefer Northern fly honeysuckle. These in the photo have a pleasant taste of lemony blueberries though some of this plants cousins developed over in Russia & Japan which have fruit 6 times the size of my wild berries are said to have a flavor between raspberry and blueberry and are known as Haskap and also Honeyberry and some folks are now growing these Asian developed bushes here in North America.

The batteries passed out in my camera so we will have to settle for a blurry shot on these berries.

Here is a photo of an early May bumblebee hanging in there doing her thing to help these blooms become the berries above.

A patch of Mountain fly honeysuckle in mid-May.  It is extremely difficult to notice these berries on the plants when they are ripe due to the berries being covered very well by the leaves, so if you live in the northern part of the USA or Canada start looking under the leaves in late June to early July, but first get acquainted with the berry patch in early May when this plant is one of the first to have green leaves and early blooms before most of the blueberries and Aronias. Once the other plants in the area green-up Lonicera villosa is hard to find as its name is to remember. Look for the plants in peaty or wet rocky areas. Hope you get a chance to try these little treats, you’ll probably be the first in your neighborhood to do so. ciao


2 Responses to “Lonicera villosa, where are you?”

  1. Wesley franks January 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Do you have any honey berries to share? Seeds fruits or plants? I grow a lot of wild plants or native plants over cultivated and non natives like blackberries, paw paw, Arkansas honey suckle, mullberries etc . Let me know anything since it’s easy to find Asian versions of honey berries but limited my luck with American native :/
    Wesley franks

    • 1left January 24, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

      I have nothing at this time though I could send you some fruit this summer. I will contact you then if you like and possibly we could do an exchange as I would love to have some paw paw seeds?

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