Lonicera periclymenum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCaprifoliaceaeLoniceraLonicera periclymenum


A perennial deciduous twining shrub or woody climber, found in woodland, scrub and hedgerows, and on shaded rocks. It prefers freely-drained, moderately basic to acidic soils, but also grows on poorly-drained base-rich clays. 0-610 m (Fairfield, Westmorland, and in Co. Down).



World Distribution

Suboceanic Southern-temperate element.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland

Light (Ellenberg): 5

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.5

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1102

Height (cm): 600

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Mega-, meso- and microphanerophyte



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Clonality - secondary

Extensively creeping and rooting at nodes

Comment on Clonality

"Difficult to classify; clonal spread in moist acid woods, much less in others"

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2622

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 943

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 14

Atlas Change Index: -0.11

Weighted Changed Factor: 9

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


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