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PlantFiles: Flame Honeysuckle
Lonicera x heckrottii 'Gold Flame'

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lonicera (luh-NIS-er-a) (Info)
Species: x heckrottii
Cultivar: Gold Flame
Additional cultivar information: (aka Goldflame)

7 vendors have this plant for sale.

25 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Vines and Climbers

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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7 positives
8 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Feb 11, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

'Goldflame' honeysuckle is an attractive non-fragrant twining honeysuckle that looks and performs a lot like the fragrant European woodbine, L. periclymenum, also called Dutch honeysuckle. But why not choose the fragrant honeysuckle?

Neither is invasive.

Bayer Systemic Rose and Flower Care will take care of any aphid problem, but at the same time it will poison any butterfly, honeybee, or hummingbird attracted to the flowers. A horticultural oil in winter will smother overwintering eggs, and a commercial insecticidal soap in spring will help control the spring population explosion without killing all the beneficial insects.

Positive patsdogs On Apr 28, 2013, patsdogs from Shawnee, OK wrote:

I have grown Goldflame for years, both in the mountains on northern CA and the heat and humidity of OK. It's my favorite honeysuckle. I love it for the compact, easy care habit and the incredible bloom period, being one of the first to start in spring and continuing right up to Thanksgiving.
I noticed that other people have had an aphid problem with it, and so did I at first. It was really extreme, with aphids totally coating the blossoms and all but destroying the plant. Seriously nasty! However, a treatment of Bayer Systemic Rose and Flower Care solved it quickly and easily. I scratch it in around the base in the spring, as soon as the flower buds begin to form, and water it in. Sometimes it will need a 2nd treatment in a few months, because of the extremely long blooming period, but often one treatment will do it.
I have never had a problem with powdery mildew on my plants, so I'm no help with that one. The worst problem I had recently is that they grow on a chain link fence. Anyone watching the climate reports last summer would have seen the amazing number of days we had in OK that were in excess of 110 degrees. The metal fence got so hot that it nearly cooked all the plants that were touching it. Still, the Goldflame did survive and is budded up and beginning to bloom now.

Positive trubl77 On Apr 1, 2013, trubl77 from Hollister, ID wrote:

I planted it 7 years ago and have never had a problem with mildew or aphids. It is partially shaded and does well in the hot, dry air. Birds love it and it does have a pleasant, mild aroma.

Positive cntryrocks On Apr 19, 2012, cntryrocks from Princeton, KS wrote:

Love this plant. I did have problems with powdery mildew during our hot, humid summers, but sprinkling the base with Bayer Rose & Flower care took care of the problem. I have 2 of these growing up a trellis on the back of my garage. They get morning sun and afternoon shade and bloom beautifully. I have another in full sun all day long on a fence in the front lawn and it does just as well.

Neutral penpen On Jun 27, 2011, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have had good and bad years with Gold Flame so I selected neutral. This has been its best year since I got it two or 3 yrs. aphids and no powdery mildew. It is blooming like crazy and the scent in early morning and later in the P.M. is just heavenly. Mine is in sun until about 2pm. I water enough to keep the roots moist but not wet. I have organic matter worked in to the soil and topped with mulch. I have been feeding it with half strength fertilizer this spring. It seems from what I have read that it needs more TLC than the Coral Honeysuckle which was hit very hard by aphids this year. In good years, It puts out an absolutely beautiful floral display. BTW, this spring before the blooms started to develop, I did spray it with a homemade spray from boiled grapefruit rinds and a few drops of dish soap to thwart any aphid attacks. I don't know if that is why I haven't had any aphids or not but it didn't seem to hurt.

Negative tehfrr On Jun 18, 2011, tehfrr from Kennewick, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very nice vine, had really high hopes for it. Unfortunately in a period of about a month and a half they went from lush and green to completely overtaken by mildew and scrappy looking. Many leaves started getting purplish spots, eventually turning fully purple then yellow. If I were to prune every problem leaf there would only be a few leaves left. Later this week they will be dug up and replaced.

Im in a very dry place, it had tons of breeze, dripline watering system down by the roots, 50/50 full sun/shade, alkaline soil adjusted down to slightly acidic. I hate to see them go but Im out of ideas. I would not buy this plant again.

Neutral jgpac00000 On May 22, 2011, jgpac00000 from Granby, QC (Zone 4a) wrote:

It didn't make in through our Quebec winter (-20 to -30 degrees at times, with high winds). Zone 4a.

Positive jess2132000 On Apr 30, 2011, jess2132000 from Harleysville, PA wrote:

Nothing but good to say about this plant. Have had it 4 years now and have it with a Dreamweaver pink climbing rose and love it!!

Neutral nina5659 On Jul 27, 2010, nina5659 from Pittsboro, IN wrote:

I've had my honeysuckle "gold flame" for 2 years now and have had a lot of problems with aphids and powdery mildew. I have yet to find anything that actually helps this plant! I finally tried horticulture oil that a staff member at one of our local nurseries suggested and it worked better than anything else I have tried. I absolutely love the flowers on this vine, but I'm tempted to give up. Any suggestions would be welcomed!

Neutral mwperry On Jan 11, 2010, mwperry from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Pros: I bought two Honeysuckle 'Gold Flame' vines from Parks about 2 years ago. They are healthy; the flowers are beautiful. I've not experienced mold others complain of.

Cons: This honeysuckle was advertised as extremely fragrant. That is why I made the purchase. To the contrary, there has not been a trace of fragrance from them.


Neutral bonehead On Nov 28, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very striking honeysuckle, but I too have problems with powdery mildew and aphids. I also don't find the fragrance nearly as pervasive as Halls.

Neutral LACopeland On Jul 27, 2009, LACopeland from Chesapeake, VA wrote:

I am glad to hear that I am not the only one with a powdery mildew problem. It is not quite as bad as it was last year so I decided to keep the plant. Last year it was completely disfigured.

Positive robcorreia On Jun 12, 2008, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I'm not sure why the hardiness zone is not including up to 10b. This is my zone and it grows beautifully over here!
Yes, it is prone to aphid infestations, but it subsides by summer (I found out by experience but this has been confirmed in one of my hort. books too).
It is a gorgeous vine and well worth the effort! I have it growing in a pot in full sun. Full sun is a must for this plant.

Neutral kevanrijn On May 19, 2007, kevanrijn from Parkersburg, WV (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have grown this vine (the same one) in a large container (3 foot high huge pot) for 4-5 years. I started it in a partially shaded location but it was prone to powdery mildew and black spot so I moved it to a full sun location.

Even in the full sun, it is still prone to powdery mildew (no, I don't water it at night or water the leaves at all). It's also prone to aphid infestations.

I love the fragrance, and the flowers are lovely, but the time and money spent trying to keep it looking lovely aren't really worth it.

Or so I thought anyway, until this year. I had aphids this spring. Used the garden hose to get rid of them. Since then, no problems and it's blooming like crazy. No sign of black spot or powdery mildew. Perhaps it's the drier than normal weather we've had this summer. Whatever the reason, it's just thriving and gorgeous. I've done nothing to it this year--no pruning, no fertilizing--except for knocking off the aphids and watering it. I've added a picture of it so you can see how lovely it is when it's doing well.

Negative Biker1 On Mar 23, 2007, Biker1 from McLean, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love the flowers and fragrance of this plant, which is NOT invasive, but hate the powdery mildew that overtakes it each year. It is in part sun. I may move it to full sun and see if that helps.

Positive soulbloom On Aug 18, 2006, soulbloom from Richmond, VA wrote:

I planted my goldflame on a trellis posted aside my garage in partial shade. For some reason it grows bushy rather than like a vine but I don't mide. The flowers are flashy but even better are the vivid leaves. This vine has grown alot since I purchased it.

Positive suncatcheracres On Aug 29, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I grew a honeysuckle on a white board fence in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, that was sold to me as 'Gold Flame,' but the flowers were different that the ones shown by hczone6. Mine had paler, tricolored flowers--pale pinks, purples and light golden yellow--more yellow than the other two colors, so I thought that gave it its name. My plant was beautiful, with deep blue-green leaves and had masses of flowers, but nothing with this intensity of color. And it wasn't even planted in full sun. In fact I worried that it would have enough sun to flower, but we wanted it by the driveway so you could smell the fragrance as you got out of the car.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Huntsville, Alabama
Benton, Arkansas
American Canyon, California
Citrus Heights, California
Ramona, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Keystone Heights, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
South Bend, Indiana
Chariton, Iowa
Derby, Kansas
Princeton, Kansas
Madisonville, Kentucky
Tompkinsville, Kentucky
Baltimore, Maryland
Edgewater, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Lakeville, Massachusetts
Norton, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Ludington, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Brandon, Mississippi
Florissant, Missouri
Gerald, Missouri
Liberty, Missouri
Omaha, Nebraska
Papillion, Nebraska
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
North Tonawanda, New York
Oneonta, New York
Rochester, New York
Windsor, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mars Hill, North Carolina
Wakeman, Ohio
Shawnee, Oklahoma
Hillsboro, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Alice, Texas
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Midland, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Arlington, Virginia
Chesapeake, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Stafford, Virginia
Kennewick, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Stanwood, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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