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Q.I have a Himalayan honeysuckle self seeded plant that has not the usual red colouration to the bracts and berries.

Zone Holywood, N Ireland | geoffrey.wood80@btinternet.com added on October 21, 2018 | Answered

I have a number of these plants around the garden, most likely spread by birds as I’ve never planted them.
About two months ago I noticed one was not typically turning red.
Instead all the flowers are white, not just the lead ones. The bracts and berries have remained green.
Is there a different variety?

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Answered on October 23, 2018

Yes, there are several different types. Yellow and white, and some pink are non-native, invasives that spread just about everywhere.

What you are seeing is likely a cross between your plants, and other wild varieties around.

For the sake of your ornamental vine, you should remove all of these wild seedlings and established plants. They will outcrowd and outcompete your vine, killing it off completely within a few years, likely.

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