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 sempervirens L.

Fully hardy, woody, deciduous or evergreen, twining climber with paired, oval leaves, to 7cm long, and terminal whorls of tubular, rich scarlet-orange flowers, yellowish inside, to 5cm long, in summer and autumn, followed by red berries.  To 4m.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Miller enumerates two varieties; the present plant, which he says is a native of Virginia, and a smaller and much tenderer sort, native of Carolina.  The latter rarely if ever occurs in our gardens at the present time; but the former is not uncommon, and if planted in a warm sheltered situation, and trained up a wall, paling, or lattice, is a very desirable plant both for its foliage and flowers, which latter are produced in June and continue in succession till the autumn.’  [BM t.781/1804].  Cultivated by John Tradescant Jnr. in 1656.  A number of varieties were figured in Flore des Serres.  [FS f.1128, f.1133/1856].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1857 catalogue only [T.649/1857].


Published Jul 08, 2009 - 04:45 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 01:59 PM

Figured are oval leaves and terminal whorls of tubular, rich scarlet-orange flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.781, 1804.

Lonicera sempervirens L. | BM t.781/1804 | BHL

Family Caprifoliaceae
Region of origin

Eastern USA

  • Caprifolium sempervirens Moench.
Common Name

Coral honeysuckle, Trumpet honeysuckle

Name in the Camden Park Record

Lonicera sempervirens (true) 

Confidence level high