ID this plant?

misslisamhamFebruary 10, 2013

Hi there. This is growing in a thicket of privet and hawthorn. It has a two-inch-wide woody stem and several long (15-foot) branches coming off the base. It's acting almost like a vine, but that could be just extreme legginess because of the competition. Leaves are reminiscent of privet, but I'm almost certain it's not another privet. Can you ID this?

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JasperDale(z10Ca)

It looks like Lonicera japonica. The tip of it has buds on it, so when they open take another picture and post it.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 12:57PM
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CA Kate

Lonicera japonica would be my first guess too. I think the flowers are quite beautiful, but it can be a 'weed'.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 6:42PM
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mistyrain

it's a periwinkle, invasive, but not hard to cut back, gives off bluish purple flowers, when I was a kid we would pop off the flower and suck the sweet nectar out of the back end:) , Periwinkle, a common name for a number of gastropod molluscs in the family Littorinidae, common perwinkle is Littorina littorea, if you were going for a fairy garden it would be a great addition, grew great in the massive shade of my grapefruit tree.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 11:42AM
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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

Periwinkle....
Leaves seem more leathery, more pronounced veining, bud is different.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 12:11PM
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mistyrain

i see what your saying hmm

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 12:25AM
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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

Yes, the periwinkle is invasive...I have *lots* of it. It does have its uses, though.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 7:50AM
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