Lonicera Periclymenum Belgica
Early Dutch Honeysuckle
Lonicera Periclymenum Belgica is a twining non evergreen climber with mid-green leaves and very fragrant white flowers that turn yellow, and are richly streaked red outside.
The flowers bloom in early summer and can last for several weeks. The plant is also known for attracting a variety of pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, which are attracted to its sweet nectar.
Lonicera Periclymenum Belgica flowers from May to June, and fruits in July. It enjoys full sun or partial shade.
Lonicera Periclymenum Belgica, also known as the Belgian honeysuckle, is a popular deciduous climbing plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It is a member of the Caprifoliaceae family and is a popular choice for gardeners due to its beautiful appearance and delightful fragrance.
Lonicera Belgica is a cultivar of Lonicera Periclymenum that was first introduced to England in the 1800s. It quickly became a popular choice for gardeners due to its hardiness and ability to climb up walls and trellises. Today, it is widely cultivated in gardens throughout Europe and North America.
The plant has an average growth rate and can reach a height of up to 6 meters. It has dark green, oval-shaped leaves that grow in pairs along the stem. The leaves are around 5-8 cm in length and are a glossy, vibrant green color. The plant is deciduous, meaning it loses its leaves during the winter months before growing new foliage in the spring.
One of the most striking features of the Belgian honeysuckle is its flowers. The plant produces clusters of fragrant, tubular-shaped flowers that are typically pink or white in color. The flowers bloom in early summer and can last for several weeks. The plant is also known for attracting a variety of pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, which are attracted to its sweet nectar.
Lonicera Belgica is a versatile plant that can be grown in a variety of conditions. It prefers well-drained soil that is slightly acidic but can also tolerate alkaline soils. The plant can thrive in both full sun and partial shade, although it will produce more flowers if grown in a sunny location.
Lonicera Belgica is relatively easy to care for and requires minimal maintenance. It should be watered regularly during the growing season, especially during hot, dry periods. The plant should also be pruned regularly to control its size and shape. Pruning should be done in the late winter or early spring, before new growth begins.
The Belgian honeysuckle is a popular choice for gardeners due to its many benefits. In addition to its beauty and fragrance, it is also a valuable plant for wildlife. The plant provides a source of food and shelter for a variety of animals, including birds and insects. Its flowers are also a popular choice for use in floral arrangements and potpourri.
While Belgica is generally considered a safe plant, it should be noted that all parts of the plant are toxic if ingested. This can be especially dangerous for young children and pets, who may be more likely to ingest the plant. As with all plants, it is important to exercise caution when handling Belgica and to keep it out of reach of children and pets.
Lonicera Periclymenum Belgica is a beautiful and versatile plant that is a popular choice for gardeners. Its fragrant flowers and attractive foliage make it an excellent addition to any garden, while its value to wildlife makes it an important part of the ecosystem. With its ease of care and low maintenance requirements, it is an excellent choice for gardeners of all skill levels.