Himalayan Honeysuckle - Leycesteria formosa


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.

Identification difficulty

Occasional escape from cultivation, often found close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowers from June to September, followed by seeds which ripen from October 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.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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