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Honeysuckle Vine Plant Red Purple Leaves Fragrant Flowers


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Lonicera or Honeysuckle Vine is one of the best known and widely grown plants in the United States. It is one of those plants that is almost too easy to grow, as it can outgrow and escape it's confines if not well maintained, and therefore should be grown responsibly. This plant is native to Asia and was introduced into the Americas in the 1800s.

Japanese or Hall's Honeysuckle is the most common and best known type of these woody, hollow stemmed vigorous twining vines that will scamper up, over, and around anything nearby. Their best and general use, is for quick cover for a fence, trellis, archway, or any support.   Honeysuckles can also be used as a ground cover, and are great plants for erosion control on slopes, embankments, and other large areas that cannot be easily mowed, as Honeysuckle Vines will quickly grow thick and wild and crowd out weeds.

By far, the best feature of the Honeysuckles in general is the bountiful, beautiful trumpet shaped flowers that smell just heavenly. The fragrance is intense and will waft on the breeze to perfume the air all around. The smell is clean and sweet and will draw it hummingbirds and butterflies.

The Red or Purpled Leaved Honeysuckle, ie Lonicera Purpurea is an improved cultivar of Japanese Honeysuckle that has very lush, dark green, burgundy red backed foliage, is equally as fragrant as the common Hall's Japanese Honeysuckle, but a bit better behaved, more dense, lush, with a slightly longer and more bountiful bloom cycle. Flowers open as bright pink buds that open white with a slightly pink underside and fade to yellow. A small black berry follows the flower and provides food for other birds and wildlife, especially deer.

Add to an easy and quick growth habit in almost any well draining soil, is very drought tolerant once it is established, and does not require much care aside from frequent pruning to keep it confined to the planting area.

Available Size

4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.

Botanical Name Lonicera japonica purpurea
Common Name Red Leaved Honeysuckle
Plant Family  
Mature Size 20 ft runners
Bloom Color Pink, White, Yellow
Bloom Form Slender trumpet
Bloom Time Spring, scattered fall
Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Fragrance Intense
Key Features Easy to grow, fragrant
Suggested Uses Fences, trellis, arbor, erosion control
Grower Notes Grow responsibily and do not allow escape from planting area


Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape. 

When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 9, 10, and 11.  can be grown as a potted plant indefinitely.

  • Plant in fertile well draining, slightly acidic soil soil in the full sun. Amend with high quality organic material as needed.
  • Locate in full sun to very lightly dappled shade.
  • Provide supplemental irrigation.
  • Feed a good quality, slow release, bloom boosting fertilize with the initial planting and twice yearly in the early Spring and early Fall thereafter. 
  • Supplement with a water soluble plant food in between feeding.
  • Prune lightly and often when young to encourage branching and after flowering to promote uniform shape and control size.
  • Protect from frost and freeze






  • Model: LON-PUR-RL-04
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1lbs
  • 27 Units in Stock

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