Wednesday, April 30, 2014

coral beauty


Another hummingbird favorite is now in bloom. Trumpet honeysuckle (a.k.a. coral honeysuckle, or for you botanical purists: Lonicera sempervirens) is a native vine that is ideally suited for ruby-throated hummingbirds

It has showy nectar-rich red-to-coral flowers arranged in terminal clusters. The color is right, and the long, slender tubular flowers seem especially designed for the birds’ equally long bill and tongue. This is a great example of a plant and bird that work together, each perfectly suited to the other. Simpatico.The hummers get nectar, the flower gets pollinated. Quid pro quo.

This native honeysuckle is a twining, trailing woody vine with a long flowering season that will last well into the summer.

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