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Leycesteria formosa Golden Lanterns

Himalayan Honeysuckle

Golden foliage plus dangling white flowers with red bracts

This plant is a thicket-forming shrub. Heart-shaped, soft pale green leaves emerge from bright golden green winter stems. These leaves are tinted purple at the edges. It flowers from July to August, producing long deep purple and white flowers, the stems later weighted down by the red-purple berries.


It is best in full sun or part shade, in any location, looking especially stunning on the edge of a woodland.


This plant likes any moist well-drained soil.

It is often planted as ground cover for birds, attracting wildlife

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 160 cm - 200 cm
Plant width 165 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 120 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September