PLANT OF THE WEEK: Kintzley's Ghost Honeysuckle

By: julie mcintyre Special to The Gazette
July 27, 2013
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Common Name: Kintzley's Ghost Honeysuckle

Scientific name: Lonicera reticulata

Type: Perennial vine

Height: 8-12 feet

Width: 3-6 feet

Blooms: Spring, showy bracts remain through fall

Where to plant: Full sun to partial shade

Water requirement: Moderate, somewhat drought tolerant once established

Preparing the soil: Average soil, clay

Hardy: Zone 4 (up to 8,000 feet)

This show-stopper perennial vine makes a statement in and out of flower. Large, white-silver circular bracts encircle yellow flowers in June, but remain long after the flowers fade, giving it a unique appearance reminiscent of silver dollar eucalyptus leaves. These ghostly bracts remain through the fall with orange-red berries appearing in the center of the bracts in late summer. The plant was rediscovered in 2001 in the Fort Collins yard of a family member of William Kintzley, the 1880s Ohio State University greenhouse worker who originally found this unusual plant and passed it on to family members. A vigorous vine that doesn't become unruly and is highly resistant to aphids, ignored by deer and rabbits, and attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

- Julie McIntyre, Summerland Gardens

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