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More June Flower Lore

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More June Flower Lore

Flowers, perhaps more than any other part of the natural world, are fascinating because of the many layers of meaning people have shrouded them in throughout history.

There is a whole sub-category of etiquette surrounding which flowers are appropriate to give at what times, and to whom. The unending rules surrounding something so simple as a flower can be dizzying.

Another aspect of flower lore concerns the designated flowers for each month of the year. What many people don’t realize is that most months actually have two official flowers. Last year, we looked at one of June’s official flowers, the rose. The other is honeysuckle.

Honeysuckle refers to any of about 180 shrubs and vines from the genus Lonicera.

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Native to the Northern Hemisphere, honeysuckles feature oval leaves and sweet, strongly scented, bell-shaped flowers. The sweet smell is not confined to the flowers, but also infuses the leaves and twigs of the plant, which releases a fragrance if crushed or broken. The flowers come in a variety of colors — from white to yellow, orange, red or pink and have edible nectar that is irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds.

Though some species of honeysuckle are native to North America, many others were imported here and are now considered invasive species. In Britain, honeysuckle is popularly known as “woodbine” or “woodbind.”

According to the secret language of flowers employed during the Victorian era, honeysuckle represents devotion and unity in love. One old belief surrounding honeysuckle was that if the plant were brought into a house, a wedding would shortly follow.

Traditionally, honeysuckle was used to treat fevers, colds, asthma, dysentery, and diarrhea, and it is still an ingredient in herbal cold remedies.

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1 William Carson { 06.12.17 at 7:56 am }

Honeysuckle thrives in the South and can become a pest with ground runners that readily take root. The spiraling vines climb upward seeking sunlight. The fragrance of the flower is wonderful and youngsters learn to snap the base of the blossom and sip a drop of heavenly nectar.

2 Clickthis { 06.16.15 at 9:27 pm }

I killed honeysuckle that was climbing a light pole using poison ivy killer. It’s that tough. I really don’t know why an intentionally planted honeysuckle would fail.

3 Katherine { 06.15.15 at 9:13 pm }

Is it true that applying kerosene to chopped off honeysuckle vines will prevent them from growing back? We have 30 year old thick vines we are trying to cut back

4 mygarden1027 { 07.06.12 at 2:45 pm }

I planted a Honeysuckle in 2011. It was in a perfect spot, This spring it failed to come back. Does anyone know what could of happened and what to do next time. It had sun and shade and very good soil. Thank You

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