Mystery plant 057

This Asian native plant is an invasive species throughout significant portions of North America.  When you can identify it, leave a comment below with both its common and scientific names.  And . . . share a personal story about it.


Examples of two leaf shapes on this plant


Leaf arrangement along stem and new leaves growing at tip


Mature leaves


Flower buds




Reproductive parts of flowers


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

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8 Responses to Mystery plant 057

  1. Evan says:

    Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica. The bane of land managers throughout the southeast (one of them, anyway).

  2. kerry says:

    Yup, I sure is honeysuckle and grows native here in the Pacific Northwest so I am very familiar. The plant to the left in the first photo (also native) would be our very invasive Salal. Love the honeysuckle but not so much the salal. :/

  3. Maggie says:

    Its a Lonicera sp., honeysuckle.
    How strange it is a menace in the US, here is Manchester UK, its a pretty climber sold in garden centres 🙂

  4. Joan says:

    Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica).
    Starting to bloom and take over the countryside here in north Georgia.

  5. Mike Krebill says:

    Excellent photos, Angelyn. Agree with Evan: Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica. The oak-like, lobed leaves at the base of the stem, followed by the oval leaves above, and the white and yellow flowers with protruding stamens and a pistil are distinguishing characteristics. These are later followed by glossy black berries, not red, yellow, or orange as is the case in other honeysuckle species. Love the fragrance of the flowers. As an Iowa kid that spent my summers in Tennessee with relatives, I have fond memories of the sweet nectar of this oft-planted vine that grew along fences. In fact, recently, my North Carolina brother sent me a recipe for honeysuckle ice cream that sounds worth trying.

  6. Tony Ward says:

    Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica…..
    Horrible exotic invader!!

  7. Angelyn says:

    Yes, this is Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica). My childhood memories include the sipping of the flower’s nectar. My adult memories are of the fragrance and wrestling with removing the vine from unwanted places.

  8. John says:

    I make a very respectable wine from the flowers of this wonderful plant! Japanese honeysuckle was a favorite summer “treat” when I was growing up in Texas, so I developed a wine recipe which brought all that sweet summer flavor I loved as a child into a drink fit for adults!

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