Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' (Caprifoliaceae)
Patricia Wheeler, wife of former NCBG Foundation president Charles Wheeler, found this extra long-blooming version of our native Coral Honeysuckle along the NC coast. Rob Gardner enthusiastically shared a plant with us, and the rest is history! L. sempervirens blooms in spring, drawing the first hummingbirds of the season. Found in sunny clearings and along the edges of woodlands, though it is most floriferous in full sun. 'Major Wheeler' blooms heavily in the spring, and continues on into the summer, feeding those hummers into mating season. Often reblooms in fall — the Wheelers reported blooms as late as Christmas Day! Red trumpets have 5 slightly upturned petals; the bloom is gold within, and long stamens hang like earrings decorating the flower. This twiner needs a little support in the garden.
Bloom color: red-orange
Bloom period: mid-spring
Container size: Qt.