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Honeysuckles (genus Lonicera) are arching shrubs or twining vines in the family Caprifoliaceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere. Another name for honeysuckle is woodbine. There are about 180 species of honeysuckle, with by far the greatest diversity in China, where over 100 species occur, by comparison, Europe and North America have only about 20 native species each. Most species of Lonicera are hardy twining climbers, with a large minority of shrubby habit; a handful of species (including Lonicera hildebrandiana from the Himalayan foothills and L. etrusca from the Mediterranean) are tender and can only be grown outside in subtropical zones. The leaves are opposite, simple, and from 1–10 cm long, most are deciduous but some are evergreen. Many of the species have sweetly-scented, tubular flowers that produce a sweet, edible nectar. The fruit is a red, blue or black berry containing several seeds, in most species the berries are mildly poisonous, but a few have edible berries. Honeysuckles are also eaten by children, who remove the blossom by hand to suck at the sweet nectar in the center. Honeysuckles are valued as garden plants, for their ability to cover unsightly walls and outbuildings, their profuse tubular flowers in summer, and the intense fragrance of many varieties. The hardy climbing types need their roots in shade, and their flowering tops in sunlight or very light shade. Varieties need to be chosen with care, as they can become substantial.

During Victorian times, teenage girls were forbidden to bring honeysuckle home because it was thought to induce erotic dreams.

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