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Weekend Plantidote 2012-09-15

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Himalaya honeysuckle

leycesteria formosa "Golden Lantern"

Himalaya honeysuckle, pheasant berry


Oh boy, another plant I probably should not grow. I saw this plant at a garden tour last year and decided I had to have it. I found seeds mail order, but they never germinated, then I saw it at local nursery. I had a 30% off coupon, so I purchased it.
Now that I decided to post it on Plantidote, I felt I needed to tell you something about this plant. There isn't much information about "Golden Lantern" specifically so I assume it has the same traits as it's green leaf relative. It's a shrub (z.7-10) grows to 6ft, flowers June-September, hummingbirds like the flowers and birds like the berries. Now the bad news. It can grow into thickets and become weedy. It is invasive in Australia and New Zealand. I haven't found any information stating it is invasive in the U.S. or Canada. If it gets to be a problem, I'll replant it in the back 40. I hate to mow the grass (weeds) any way.
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Submitted by twig on

really beautiful, I thought it was some sort of fuchsia at first. I'm guessing that if it's pruned it's possible to prevent the thicket effect from occurring?

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Submitted by jerztomato on

I just installed it this spring. I'm somewhat of a control freak, so I'm sure I'll be able to contain it. I did take a good look at the amount of berries produced (a lot) so I imagine that if the birds like the berries, seeds will be eaten, and spread all over, fertilizer included.