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. var. minor Ait.

See Lonicera sempervirens L. for a description of the type.  The variety minor is an evergreen or semi-evergreen form with scarlet flowers.  [Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Both the varieties of the Trumpet Honeysuckle were cultivated at Chelsea, by Mr. Philip Miller, who was doubtful whether they ought not rather to be considered as distinct species.  Our present plant is a native of Carolina, and is every way more delicate than the Virginian or larger sort; but we cannot find any characters by which it can be marked as specifically different.  The leaves are narrower, more glaucous underneath, and the flowers are slenderer and of a more delicate colour, inimitable by art, especially over a black engraving. […] It has been so long lost to our gardens, that when lately introduced by Messrs. J. and J. T. Fraser, it was considered as new.’  [BM t.1753/1815].  BR f.556/1821.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.648/1843].


Published Jul 08, 2009 - 04:54 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 01:59 PM

Figured are oblong leaves and terminal whorl of tubular, rich scarlet-orange flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1753, 1815.

Lonicera sempervirens L. var. minor Ait. | BM t.1753/1815 | BHL

Family Caprifoliaceae
Region of origin

Eastern USA

Common Name

Evergreen Coral honeysuckle, Evergreen Trumpet honeysuckle

Name in the Camden Park Record

Lonicera sempervirens - Evergreen Honeysuckle 

Confidence level high