Honeysuckle Berries Look Good But …. August 2022

While photographing wildflowers in the eastern Scarborough Bluffs region, I came across lots of honeysuckle:

Morrow Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)
Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)
Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)

Our principal honeysuckle shrub in this area is Tartarian Honeysuckle:

Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

Morrow Honeysuckle, a native of Japan, is also common and frequently hybridizes with Tartarian Honeysuckle.

Berries of various colours are possible:

Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica )
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica ) Berries can be orange or red

Amur Honeysuckle from western Asia is becoming more common:

Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)

As you can see in this photo, the fruit of Amur Honeysuckle can persist into winter:

Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)

As a child, we had a honeysuckle bush in the front yard and, one day, tempted by those candy-looking berries, I ate one. An awful taste and I’ve never tried another.

Tartarian Honeysuckle berries are toxic and Amur Honeysuckle berries are even worse being poisonous to human beings.

Other botany:

Queen Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Early Goldenrod (Solidago juncea)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolia)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Wild-bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)


The patient fisher takes his silent strand,
Intent, his angle trembling in his hand:
With looks unmov’d, he hopes the scaly breed,
And eyes the dancing cork and bending reed.    – Alexander Pope (1688–1744)

Miles Hearn

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