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LEYCESTERIA formosa 'Purple Rain'
Purple Himalayan Honeysuckle


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:: Caprifoliaceae :: LEYCESTERIA :: formosa :: 'Purple Rain'
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Main asset

Clusters of dark purple bracts persisting for a long time on the plant, contrasting with the white flowers then the black fruits. Easy plant, strong, hardy, drought resistant.


Prune the branches at 2/3 of their height in early spring to encourage the growth of new vigorous stems.

A deciduous shrub native to the mountains of China and the Himalayas, the Himalayan Honeysuckle is very original and full of interest. Its growth is vigorous, it forms shrubs of hollow stems erected, a bit like a bamboo. Its lanceolate foliage is dark green, the young leaves and stems are purple. In late summer, it produces clusters of dark purple bracts, then appear small white tubular flowers, soon followed by juicy black fruits, appreciated by pheasants (among others).

  • Uses: shrub beds, planters

Global caracteristics:

  • Type of foliage: deciduous
  • Habit: trained and flared
  • Height: 1.80 m x 1.50 m (6 ft x 5 ft)
  • Growth: fast
  • Flowering period: August to October
  • Époque de fructification : October-November

Shape and colours:

  • Foliage shape: lanceolate
  • Foliage colour: dark green
  • Foliage colour in autumn: purplish
  • Flowers shape: tubulate
  • Flowers colour: white
  • Forme des fruits : berries
  • Couleur des fruits : black


  • Soil type: all
  • Exposure: sun, part-shade
  • Hardiness: - 20 °C (-4 °F - USDA zone 6b)