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Plantidote of the Day 2012-04-24

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honeysuckle

Lonicera japonica

Hall's honeysuckle

Until we get Aroma-Net, you'll have to imagine how wonderful these flowers smell, because it's indescribable. This particular honeysuckle is a big favorite here in Zone 10, probably because it's a) easy to grow and b) so fragrant.

Actually, honeysuckle is so easy to grow, I'm surprised it isn't on the invasive list.
These plants tend to take over any nearby structure -- fence, wall, house, garden. The solution -- prune them back or train them to grow on a specific thingy. Or both. Otherwise, you'll be getting into Little Shop of Horrors territory pretty quickly.

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