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Reddish Vale Country Park

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Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a native shrub, very common in woods, hedges and scrub throughout Britain, climbing and trailing around bushes and trees.

Stems may reach 6m.

Honeysuckle is also known as woodbine.

 

Honeysuckle has caused some confusion in it time. The poet Milton and the writer Chaucer amongst others referred to honeysuckle as Eglantine, a name more commonly attributed to the sweet briar rose by modern herbalists and people everywhere, except apparently for those from North Yorkshire where honeysuckle still goes by the name Eglantine.

Other names for honeysuckle include woodbine, fairy trumpets, honybind, trumpet flowers, goats leaf and sweet suckle. The old name Woodbine describes the twisting, binding nature of the honeysuckle.

In Scotland, it was believed that if honeysuckle grows around the entrance to the home it would prevent a witch from entering. In other places it's believed that grown around doors it will bring good luck. If it grows well in your garden, then you will be protected from evil. Bringing the flowers into the house will bring money with them.

Honeysuckle has long been a symbol of fidelity and affection. Those who wear honeysuckle flowers are said to be able to dream of their true  love. Its clinging nature in the language of flowers symbolises, 'we are united in love', and emphasises the bond of devotion and affection between two people.

In the Victorian era there was a ban on young girls bringing honeysuckle into the home because it was believed to cause dreams that were far too "risque" for their sensibilities.

 

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