WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CORAL HONEYSUCKLE; TRUMPET HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera sempervirens)
Well behaved twining vine that will climb a fence, arbor or cover the ground if there is nothing to climb. Better blooms when there is support. Will retain leaves except in colder temperatures.
Attracts: hummingbirds, butterflies; fruits attract birds, great cover for rabbits/reptiles
larval host: Spring Azure Butterfly (Celastrina ladon); Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar (Hypercompe scribonia) and Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis) (in range)
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lonicera
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3861