Lonicera tatarica
Tartarian honeysuckle

Distribution: Scattered localities throughout Washington; throughout much of North America except the southeastern U.S.

Habitat: Disturbed areas, woods, and thickets.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Shrub, erect, up to 3 m tall; herbage glabrous or lightly hirsute.


Leaves generally 3--6 cm long; blade ovate, base round or somewhat cordate, tip obtuse; upper pairs not fused around stem.


Inflorescence with flowers paired, pedicels 0; peduncle around 15 mm, slender; bracts not leaf-like, not forming involucre, lower lanceolate, spreading, upper round-ovate, erect; calyx limb occasionally deep-lobed; corolla +- 15 mm, white or pink fading pale yellow or yellow, glabrous, weakly 2-lipped, lobes subequal to tube, obovate; stamens well exserted; ovaries of a flower pair free, stigma exserted.


Berry, generally round; seeds usually 2 or greater; about 1 cm diameter, red, orange, yellow.

Accepted Name:
Lonicera tatarica L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 173-174. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Lonicera tatarica in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Lonicera tatarica checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Lonicera tatarica atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lonicera tatarica photos.

USDA Plants: Lonicera tatarica information.

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