Lonicera hispidula (Lindl.) Douglas ex Torr. & A. Gray
hairy honeysuckle (pink honeysuckle)
Caprifoliaceae (Valerian family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Rod Innes     (Photo ID #9655)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Lonicera hispidula
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Species Information

Partially evergreen, woody vine or sprawling shrub, 1-6 m long/tall; twigs hollow, usually short-hairy, glaucous when young.
Opposite, on stalks 3-5 mm long, some with paired, fused stipules between the leaf stalks, oblong to egg-shaped, 2-8 cm long, 1.5-5 cm wide, often somewhat heart-shaped at the base, obtuse at the tip, usually stiffly hairy, sometimes glabrous, glaucous beneath; upper pairs joined to form disks around the stem.
Inflorescence of stalked and clustered flowers in compact whorls forming short, interrupted spikes terminal and axillary on long stalks that are glabrous to glandular hairy; corollas whitish, pink, or yellowish, sometimes purplish, 12-20 mm long, tubular below, the tubes bulging on one side above the base 2-lipped above, the upper lips 4-lobed, the lobes recoiled, lips as long as or longer than the tubes.
Berries, red, 0.8-1 cm thick, several-seeded.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Lonicera hispidula

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
112 15 315
Slope Gradient (%)
24 0 135

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

208 18 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 1 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in


Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry forests in the lowland and montane zones; common locally on S Vancouver Island, adjacent lower mainland and the Gulf Islands; S to CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia