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Taxon: Lonicera caerulea L.

Genus: Lonicera
Family: Caprifoliaceae subfamily: Caprifolioideae
Nomen number: 22559
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:174. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 13-Jan-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 13-Jan-2003
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA).
Accessions: 32 in National Plant Germplasm System.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • blue honeysuckle   (Source: Zander ed16 ) – English
  • blueberry honeysuckle   (Source: BSBI 2007) – English
  • edible honeysuckle   (Source: AgroAtlas [as L. edulis]) – English   [Lonicera caerulea var. edulis]
  • fly honeysuckle   (Source: F Alberta ) – English
  • Kamchatka honeysuckle   (Source: AgroAtlas [as L. kamtschatica]) – English   [Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica]
  • mountain fly honeysuckle   (Source: F Ohio [as L. villosa]) – English   [Lonicera caerulea var. villosa]
  • camérisier bleu   (Source: Zander ed16 ) – French
  • blaue Heckenkirsche   (Source: Zander ed16 ) – German
  • ke-yonomi   (Source: F Japan ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • blåbärstry   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish   [Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica]
  • blåtry   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Western Asia: Afghanistan
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Altay, Buryatia, Chita, Gorno-Altay, Irkutsk, Khanty-Mansi, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Tuva, Tyumen, Yakutia-Sakha
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan
    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Amur, Kamchatka, Khabarovsk, Kurile Islands, Magadan, Primorye, Sakhalin
    China: China - Gansu [s.], Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Nei Monggol, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shanxi, Sichuan [n.], Xinjiang, Yunnan [n.w.]
    Eastern Asia: Japan - Hokkaido, Honshu [n. & c.]; Korea
    Indian Subcontinent: Pakistan
    Northern Europe: Finland; Sweden
    Middle Europe: Austria; Czechoslovakia; Germany; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Former Yugoslavia; Italy; Romania
    Southwestern Europe: France; Spain
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
    Western Canada: Canada - Alberta, British Columbia
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio [Ashtabula Co.], Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Minnesota, Wisconsin
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Idaho, Montana [w.], Oregon, Washington, Wyoming [n.w.]
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California [e.], Nevada [w.]

  • also cultivated




Check other web resources for Lonicera caerulea L.:

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP: North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Lonicera caerulea cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (13 October 2015)

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