Himalayan Honeysuckle - Leycesteria formosa

    Description

    L. formosa is a vigorous deciduous shrub to 2.5 metres, with erect hollow green stems bearing long-pointed, ovate leaves and pendulous racemes of white flowers with showy red-purple bracts, followed by deep purple berries.

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    Habitat

    Occasional escape from cultivation, often found close to habitation.

    When to see it

    Flowers from Jun to September, followed by seeds which ripen from Oct to November.

    Life History

    Deciduous shrub.

    UK Status

    Widespread but occasional in Britain as an escape from cultivation.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon outside of the cultivated environment in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map