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Honeysuckles can be either shrubs or vines and are native to the Northern Hemisphere. There are around 180 different species of Honeysuckle, some well known ones include: Lonicera periclymenum, Lonicera japonica, and Lonicera sempervirens. The flowers of Honeysuckles attract hummingbirds, bees and other pollinating insects. The fruit of Honeysuckles is often eaten by songbirds. In recent years there has been an increasing problem with a number of invasive species of Honeysuckle.
The habitat and growing needs of the Honeysuckle depends on the specific variety concerned. They are grown by many in gardens and flower beds both to attract hummingbirds and pollinators and for ornamental purposes.
I found several of these Honeysuckle plants growing behind the house. I have been unable to discover what exact species they are, but we have never planted Honeysuckles here that I know of, and they appeared to be a wild variety, growing on the edge of the forest.