Lonicera xylosteum

Lonicera xylosteum, commonly known as fly honeysuckle,[1] European fly honeysuckle, dwarf honeysuckle[2] or fly woodbine is a deciduous shrub.[1] It is one of two honeysuckles native to Britain[citation needed], the other being the common honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum).

Lonicera xylosteum
Lonicera xylosteum flowers.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Lonicera
L. xylosteum
Binomial name
Lonicera xylosteum
Lonicera xylosteum

The glossy red (or occasionally yellow) berries of this shrub are mildly poisonous to humans – children who ingest a large number (c. 30) of berries may experience abdominal pain and vomiting.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Fly honeysuckle". RHS Gardening. Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Plants profile for Lonicera xylosteum". Plants database. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Lonicera xylosteum". Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System. Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 31 August 2017.