E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

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

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Distribution of Lonicera hispidula
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Species Information

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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.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / 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.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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) 15 112 315
Slope Gradient (%) 0 24 135
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
18 208 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 2 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: CDF(71)

Ecological Indicator Information

Shade-tolerant/intolerant, submontane to montane. Western North American shrub (vine) distributed more in the Pacific than the Cordilleran regions. Species occurs maritime to submaritime summer-dry mesothermal climates on very dry to moderately dry, nitrogen­medium soils. Sporadic on water-shedding sites; climbs up shrubs and trees in open­canopy Douglas-fir forests. Characteristic of moisture-deficient sites.

SourceIndicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia (Information applies to coastal locations only)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is cool mesothermal.

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