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.

Bell‘s Honeysuckle (Showy Fly Honeysuckle) (Lonicera x bella): Images

August 10, 2010Southeastern, New Hampshire[Update 5/31/2011] This has many of the characteristics of Morrow’s Honeysuckle (Lonicera x-bella) because the leaves and stem are hairy as well as there being hairs inside the corolla of the flower, but the bracteoles (small bracts) are shorter than 1/2 the length of the ovaries (signifying that it is partially Bell’s Honeysuckle). See images from 5/31/2011 below. More information on differentiating Honeysuckles can be found at
July 22, 2011Southeastern, New HampshireThis was even more difficult to recognize without the flowers. It was no more than 4 feet high and has pairs of berries and pairs of opposite leaves. At first I misidentified it as American Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera x-bella), butI went back later when I found out that the non-native honeysuckles have young twigs with hollow pith. You can see that in the last two pictures below. Non-native honeysuckles includes Bell’s Honeysuckle (Lonicera x bella), Morrow’s Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii, Tatarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica), Dwarf Honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum), Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) and Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica).