Lonicera etrusca, commonly known as Etruscan honeysuckle, is a deciduous climbing shrub that is native to the Mediterranean region. It belongs to the Caprifoliaceae family and is closely related to other honeysuckle species such as Lonicera japonica and Lonicera periclymenum.
The plant can grow up to 10 feet (3 meters) in height and has oval-shaped leaves that are a medium green color. The flowers are tubular and come in clusters of two to five. They are typically a pinkish-red color, although they can also be yellow or white. The flowers bloom in late spring and early summer, and are followed by small black berries in the fall.
Lonicera etrusca is a popular ornamental plant, often used for trellises, fences, and other structures in gardens and landscapes. It is also used for erosion control on hillsides and other areas prone to soil erosion. The plant is relatively easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and conditions.
However, it is important to note that Lonicera etrusca can be invasive in some areas, particularly in North America where it has been introduced. Therefore, it is recommended to only plant it in areas where it is not considered a threat to local ecosystems.