Oct. 2, 2019

twinberry honeysuckle, Lonicera involucrata

Here's a somewhat different honeysuckle. This native has flowers only about two thirds inch long, without the flared lobes at the end that are typical of most honeysuckles. The blue-black 'twin' berries however, do not set it apart. All honeysuckles have paired flowers and berries. The berries are the main reason this species shows up in gardens. The united leaves that cup the flowers here turn red. It's an attractive contrast, and does attract songbirds in the fall. Bracted or twinberry honeysuckle grows in AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MI(T), MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WI(E), WY, AB, BC, MB, NU, ON, QC, and SK. Summit Co CO, 6/17/13.