Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Co.Limerick

Himalayan honeysuckle
Leycesteria formosa
Féithleann álainn
Family: Caprifoliaceae

Flowering: July-September. Deciduous shrub. Garden escape. Introduced.

Hanging reddish-pink flowers with purple-green bracts.
Inedible purple-black berries, enjoyed by birds.
Leaves opposite, oval, pointed. Hollow stems, woody with age, to 2m.
Planted as ground-cover for pheasants. Self-seeding and bird-sown.

Woodland, hedgerows, waste ground railway banks, roadsides, walls.
Garden escape, fairly widespread.
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