Native #3:
Lonicera sempervirens

 Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

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Although its foliage resembles that of Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica--a foreign invasive that chokes out native vegetation--Trumpet Honeysuckle, L. sempervirens, is a rambling vine that should be encouraged. Its long, tubular red flowers are a favorite of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and it grows best in full or partial sun, perhaps on a fence or arbor.

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Perennial twining evergreen or semi- evergreen vine
Blooms mid-spring, sometimes later
Moist but well-drained loamy soil
Full sun or light shade
Zones 3-9
NOTE: We are not horticulturists, so we regret we can't answer specific questions about how to plant and propagate native hummingbird flowers, but your local agriculture extension office or Master Gardener group may be able to help. We're also unable to provide names of sources from which you can order native plants. Please do NOT collect native plants from the wild unless they are growing in a site under immediate threat from development; instead, try to find a reputable nursery near you that raises native plants from cuttings or seeds.

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