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 implexa Ait.

Half hardy, semi-evergreen, twining honeysuckle with cream and white flowers, flushed pink on the outside, to 5cm long, borne in whorls at the ends of the shoots in early summer.  To 2.4m.  [RHSD, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Is less shewy than some other species, it certainly yields to none in fragrance, and blossoms abundantly from midsummer to Michaelmas.  Is hardy, but thrives best in a sheltered situation.  At the Dowager Lady De Clifford’s, from whose very curious collection of exotics, at Paddington, our drawing was taken in July 1801, it flourished with great vigour in the open air, in front of the conservatory.  It may be propagated by cuttings, as other Honey-Suckles are.  Introduced, according to Hort. Kew. about the year 1772, by Mons. Richard.  Never before figured.’  [BM t.640/1803].  Lonicera implexa was introduced to Britain in 1772.  [Don].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.642/1857].


Published Jul 08, 2009 - 03:05 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 02:00 PM

Figured is a twining honeysuckle with cream and white flowers, flushed pink outside.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.640, 1803.

Lonicera implexa Ait. | BM t.640/1803 | RBGS

Family Caprifoliaceae
Region of origin

Southern Europe

  • Lonicera balearica DC.
  • Lonicera implexa var balearica Viv. Camb. & Guss.
Common Name

Minorca honeysuckle

Name in the Camden Park Record

Lonicera balearica 

Confidence level high