Lonicera sempervirens is known by the common names Trumpet Honeysuckle and Coral Honeysuckle. So far, I’ve only seen it at Fort Yargo State Park where I saw several plants along the trail from the campground to the dam (segment 6). That’s what I wrote in June last year. I didn’t get a chance to follow the berry development then and the plants were set back by some clearing work along the lake’s shore. I saw some vines blooming at a distance in the woods across the road from Rock and Shoals Outcrop Natural Area but they were high in a tree and out of reach. And then, when we were looking for plants of the Clasping Milkvine (Ascelpias amplexicaulis), I spotted a vine in a dead tree at the side of White Plains Rd in Greene County, Georgia.
May 29, 2011. The vine is visible from a distance. The characteristic perfoliate leaves caught my eye.
May 29, 2011. A closer view. The berries were green.
May 29, 2011. Close ups. Some clusters were showing slight tinges of red were others were still quite green.
June 11, 2011. Several berries have turned orange.
June 25th. The vine. Most of the berries are red.
June 25th. A close up.
July 9th. The berries have shriveled up and the seeds are ready to begin the next cycle of life.
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Lonicera sempervirens
- Southeastern Flora: Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Lonicera sempervirens
- Missouri Plants: Lonicera sempervirens
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower
- Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)