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Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name: Leycesteria formosa

Other names: Himalayan honeysuckle, Flowering nutmeg, Granny's curls, Pheasant berry

Genus: Leycesteria Leycesteria

Species: L. formosa - L. formosa is a vigorous, deciduous shrub grown for its pendant racemes of white flowers and showy, dark red bracts and purple-red pendant clusters of berries in autumn.


Leycesteria formosa is: Deciduous

Flower: Dark-crimson, White in Summer

Foliage: Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

Fragrance: Fruit is fragrant.

Habit: Upright

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

How to care

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Pests: Generally pest-free.

Diseases: Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods: Seed, Softwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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Where to grow

Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses: Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Woodland

Cultivation: Plant in free-draining soil in sun or dappled shade in a sheltered position. Dislikes heavy, wet soils.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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Botanical name: Leycesteria formosa

Other names: Himalayan honeysuckle, Flowering nutmeg, Granny's curls, Pheasant berry

Genus: Leycesteria Leycesteria

Species: L. formosa - L. formosa is a vigorous, deciduous shrub grown for its pendant racemes of white flowers and showy, dark red bracts and purple-red pendant clusters of berries in autumn.


Leycesteria formosa is: Deciduous

Flower: Dark-crimson, White in Summer

Foliage: Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

Fragrance: Fruit is fragrant.

Habit: Upright

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Watch out for

Pests: Generally pest-free.

Diseases: Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods: Seed, Softwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses: Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Woodland

Cultivation: Plant in free-draining soil in sun or dappled shade in a sheltered position. Dislikes heavy, wet soils.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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what are the propagation methods for the leycesteria formosa ?

what are the propagation methods for the leycesteria formosa ?...

Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa)

I have had this in the garden for two years flowering beautifully and this year the leaves were very small and the flowers were tiny and sparse.
Can anyone tell me what I have done wrong please?
In the spring it was attacked with the frost/snow and the tips went black which I chopped off!.
Many thanks for any help as usual.
Oh - it is about 7 foot tall and the clump is about 2 feet across. ...

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the leave turning yellow could be a few things,
one, because it's a newly planted plant (this year) the roots may not out into the soil enough to surport the plants water requirements, dew to lack of rain or watering by yourself,
two, the plant may be planted in a windy enviroment, drying the leaves out,
three, a lack of food, mimerals or compost in the soil, the plant will shut down the lower leave to protect it self,
time of year when the plant sheds its leaves over winter,
i would mulch around the root area (6"deep and 2ft around ) then in spring time place some blood/fish &bone fertelizer around the root area, cover with fresh mulch and water more,

can you tell me how tall the plant is now, as you may to prune to half size to encourage more root run and to develope the plant sturcture.

i hope this helps...

why is my leycesteria formosa looking so ill

i planted the above plant this spring in conditions that should be favourable. now for the last month some of the leaves on some shoots look yellow with rolling leaves in places, please help, should i prune it well back?...

Leycesteria formosa

In July and August, bees are attracted to the white, funnel-shaped flowers which are partially hidden by a leaf-like, purple bract. Later, blackbirds enjoy the ovoid, dark-purple berries which are produced in October. It is causing conservation problems in New Zealand where it has become an invasive weed but there is, happily, no sign of this happening in Britain....
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