Creeping Japanese honeysuckle

Lonicera japonica var. repens | Also known as: Lonicera flexuosa | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A vigorous evergreen climber, lonicera japonica var. repens also boasts an array of colour that gardeners find hard to resist. Commonly known as the creeping Japanese honeysuckle, its long twining stems are dark purple, while its leathery, ovate leaves are dark green and tinged subtly at the edges in purple. In summer, it produces small clusters of vanilla-scented, milk-white, double-tongued blossoms with light purple flushes at its throat. Ideal for trellises and wall-sides, it provides a lush background in winter gardens or patio areas. The creeping Japanese honeysuckle grows best in moist, well-drained soil in full sun. An invasive plant, it requires some pruning and dead-heading to contain its spread.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating its berries, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 5 - 8
Spread [m]
  • 1.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Mixed colours
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Pink or purple
Foliage in summer
  • Pink or purple
Foliage in Autumn
  • Pink or purple
Foliage in winter
  • Pink or purple
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Creeping
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-10
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Bonsai
  • For birds & bees
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years