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Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Lonicera
Species

The Honeysuckle (genus Lonicera) is a climbing shrub with sweetly scented bell-shaped flowers. There are over 180 species of honeysuckle, the most common of which are Lonicera japonica (known commonly as Japanese Honeysuckle, White Honeysuckle, or Chinese Honeysuckle) and Lonicera sempervirens (known commonly as Coral Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle, or Woodbine).

Japenese Honeysuckle is considered an invasive weed in the United States, and is classified as a noxious weed by the state of Illinois. Honeysuckle can be controlled by cutting, flaming, or burning the plant to root level and repeating on two week increments until nutrient reserves in the roots are depleted. Honeysuckle can also be controlled through annual applications of glyphosate[?], or through grubbing if high labor and soil destruction are not of concern.

Lonicera xylosteum (fly woodbine) is a common homeopathic remedy, used for asthma, breathing difficulties and syphilis.

Lonicera periclymenum (European honeysuckle[?]) is an uncommon homeopathic remedy, used for irritability with violent outbursts.



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