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Bush Honeysuckles

Lonicera maackii (Amur) and Lonicera x bella (Bella)
If you’ve got a giant green thicket in your woods, you may have a bush honeysuckle infestation. These invasive plants are shrubby natives of Asia. Here in America, where they have no natural controls, they leaf out early, grow fast, spread fast and form dense thickets that crowd out Missouri’s native forest plants.

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Bush Honeysuckles Control

Learn to identify and control invasive bush honeysuckles in Missouri.

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Learn how to identify and control two species of invasive bush honeysuckle in Missouri.

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Common Horse Gentian

Common horse gentian is notable for its opposite leaves, which are broadly fused together at the bases and almost appear as a single leaf with a stem going through it.

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Common Horse Gentian

Note the inconspicuous flowers forming at the bases of the opposite, perfoliate leaves. Common horse gentian blooms May through July in dry, open woods on hillsides or in rich valleys.

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Common Horse Gentian (Wild Coffee; Tinker’s Weed; Feverwort; Late Horse Gentian)

Triosteum perfoliatum
Even without its flowers, or its fruits that resemble miniature oranges, common horse gentian is notable for its opposite leaves, which are broadly fused together at the bases and almost appear as a single leaf with a stem going through it.

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This booklet shows you how to identify and control bush honeysuckles, and then use Missouri native shrubs to provide high-quality habitat.

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Grape Honeysuckle

Lonicera reticulata (formerly L. prolifera)
One of Missouri's beautiful native honeysuckles, grape honeysuckle is found mainly in the northern two-thirds of the state. In the native plant garden, it is easy to grow, but it is not aggressive like the introduced invasive Japanese honeysuckle.

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Barb Ostmann begins weaving her basket at a DNW workshop at Twin Pines

It’s Not Paper or Plastic, It’s Oak or Hickory

Long before the supermarket began offering a choice of paper or plastic, early Ozarkers had the choice of oak or hickory baskets to carry their goods and treasures. Today baskets can be made of exotic plants, meaning habitat improvement is woven into an Ozarks tradition.

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Japanese Honeysuckle

Lonicera japonica
You might enjoy its fragrance, but don’t kid yourself about this invasive, exotic vine: Japanese honeysuckle is an aggressive colonizer that shades out native plants and harms natural communities. Learn how to recognize it!

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