Perfoliate honeysuckle

Lonicera caprifolium | Also known as: Italian woodbine, lily-among-thorns, White Italian honeysuckle, Goat honeysuckle | Rating: 4 votes | Print / Pdf

A deciduous climbing perennial, lonicera caprifolium boasts an attractive, dark to blue-green, ovate foliage. It is distinguishable by its perfoliate leaves at the top of its stem. This means that the stem seems to grow through the centre of the leaves – an intriguing aspect that inspired its most common name, the perfoliate honeysuckle. It flowers in summer, producing pure white blossoms from the centre of the top round leaf. In autumn, these blossoms are replaced with clusters of orange berries. A vigorous climber, the perfoliate honeysuckle is ideal for wall-sides and trellises, and thrives in moist but well-drained soil in full sun.  Pruning after flowering is recommended.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating its berries, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 5 - 10
Spread [m]
  • 2.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Mixed colours
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Blue-green
Foliage in summer
  • Blue-green
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • seed
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-11
Heat zone
  • H12-6
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - 4
Heat days
  • 45 - 210
  • 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
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years