Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Lonicera caprifolium L.

Fully hardy, woody, deciduous, twining climber with paired, oval leaves, to 10cm long, and axillary whorls of tubular, very fragrant, pink-flushed, creamy-white to yellow flowers, in summer. To 6m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Long cultivated in England and Europe.  The variety major was figured in Flore des Serres.  [FS f.1120/1856].  ‘Wood-Bind or Honey-Suckle.  Caprifolium or Peryclemenum.  This shrub grows to the thickness of eight or ten inches in circumference, shooting out long slender stalks, which twist about everything they meet with; the leaves are a bluish green, and the flowers a pale red; which are succeeded by berries of a deeper red.  It grows in most hedges, and flowers the greatest part of the summer.  The leaves are sometimes put into the Gargarisma for sore throats.  Some commend a decoction of them for a cough and the physic; and to open obstructions of ye liver & spleen.  The oil, made by infusion of ye flowers, is accounted healing and warming, good for the cramp and convulsions of nerves.  Mathiolus recommends the leaves & their juice as good in the Ointments that are used for wounds in the head, and ulcers in the legs.’  [Blackwell pl.25/1737].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.644/1843].  Not now planted in the gardens but it is a garden escapee which occurs in hedgerows in the wider Camden Park estate.


Lonicera caprifolium Ten. (1831) = Lonicera stabiana Guss. ex Pasq.

Lonicera caprifolium Schousb. (1800) = Lonicera etrusca Ten.

Published Jul 08, 2009 - 03:17 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 02:01 PM

Shown is a climber with oval leaves and axillary whorls of tubular, pink-flushed flowers.  Blackwell pl.25, 1837.

Lonicera caprifolium L. | Blackwell pl.25/1837 | BHL

Family Caprifoliaceae
Region of origin

Europe, Asia

  • Caprifolium italica Schm.
Common Name

Common honeysuckle, Italian honeysuckle, Goat-leaf honeysuckle, Italian woodbine

Name in the Camden Park Record

Lonicera caprifolium - Common Honeysuckle 

Confidence level high