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Leycesteria formosa


Himalayan Honeysuckle

Unusual dangling white flowers with red bracts

This vigorous deciduous shrub has arcs of beautiful pendulous, long white flowers with purple bracts followed by dark-purple berries. The leaves emerge from the pretty sea-green stems as red buds, turning green as the season progresses.


To get the most from the plant, it prefers a spot in the border where it will get full sun or part shade.


Its vigorous nature means it may benefit from an annual pruning in the autumn to encourage new growth the following spring.

This plant is a native of the Himalayas and south west China.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 130 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
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 Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September