Lonicera tatarica L.
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Ad Shrub

Native to Eurasia, widely cultivated and naturalized along roadsides and railroads; thickets, shores, and along rivers; borders of forests and invading them; fields and disturbed places. Collected out of cultivation in Michigan as early as the 1890’s (1891, Washtenaw Co.; 1897, St. Clair Co.).

This species hybridizes freely with its relatives, in our area, particularly with L. morrowii. Plants with glabrous inflorescence and undersides of leaves, except at most for a very few scattered hairs (other than cilia, which are rarely present on leaf margins) are referred to L. tatarica, which also rarely may have a few glands on the margins of the tiny, often nearly orbicular bracteoles. The distinction from L. ×bella is presumably obscured by backcrossing. Lonicera ×bella also has short bracteoles at most half as long as the ovaries at anthesis and the pubescence of leaves and branchlets is less dense than in L. morrowii, which has the bracteoles more than half as long as the ovaries, often nearly or quite as long and tending to be oblong. The branches and undersides of the leaves in L. morrowii are rather densely pubescent, but the distinction from L. ×bella is sometimes obscure.

The corolla is deep to pale pink or white, not tending to turn yellow with age.


Alcona County
Alger County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Calhoun County
Charlevoix County
Cheboygan County
Delta County
Emmet County
Genesee County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Ingham County
Iron County
Isabella County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Macomb County
Manistee County
Marquette County
Midland County
Montcalm County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Ottawa County
Roscommon County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. October 6, 2022. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=727.