Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

American Fly Honeysuckle (Canadian Fly Honeysuckle) (Lonicera canadensis): Images

Date Location Notes Images
April 30, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire It would be easy to walk by this plant without noticing the flowers as they are often hidden behind the leaves. It has bell-shaped pairs of yellow flowers, each pair hanging down from a flower stem originating at the base of the leaf petiole (stem). Leaves are opposite, ovate (wider at the base), have distinctly hairy but untoothed margins and leave veins are pinnate and curve towards the rounded leaf tip. It grows up to 3 feet in height and is found in wet woods, thickets, bogs in peaty acidic soil. It was growing in woods along with Eastern White Pine (Pinus strubus) and Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis).

It is similar to Mountain Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera villosa) except that the leaves on Mountain Fly Honeysuckle are sessile (no leaf stems/petioles) and the flower stems (peduncles) are extremely short.

In June or July this plant produces pairs of red berries that I think are inedible.