Weekend Plantidote 2012-09-15
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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