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Himalayan Honeysuckle

Leycesteria formosa

Also known as

Pheasant Berry, Flowering Nutmeg, Granny's Curls, Chinese Honeysuckle

Leycesteria formosa by MPF (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








7 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Himalayan Honeysuckle

Some pink red Leycesteria formosa flowers growing in the wild
A close up of some red Leycesteria formosa flowers
A close up of some Leycesteria formosa plants
A photo of Himalayan Honeysuckle
A photo of Himalayan Honeysuckle

Himalayan Honeysuckle Overview

Leycesteria formosa is a deciduous shrub species in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae. It is a low-maintenance, vigorous plant that produces fragrant, pendant white flowers, which develop into showy dark red-purple berries in autumn. The flowers have showy red-purple modified leaf structures surrounding the flowers, termed bracts. It has an erect habit and produces sea-green stems with long, pointed, oval-shaped foliage. They are easily grown in any well-drained soil with sun or partial shade. They are mostly frost hardy. You can propagate from seeds or by removing rooted suckers. If you want to encourage branching, lightly prune after flowering or you can cut stems to ground level in spring.

How to propagate Himalayan Honeysuckle



Softwood cuttings.


Seed or division.


By removing rooted suckers in the autumn.

Special features of Himalayan Honeysuckle

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

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Other uses of Himalayan Honeysuckle

Banks, hedging, specimen, bark, ornamental fruit Summer/Winter interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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