Lonicera Kintzley's Ghost® Description
Everyone who sees Kintzley's Ghost® honeysuckle vine (Lonicera reticulata) wants one for their garden - and fortunately, this beautiful, unique vine grows just about everywhere, is not invasive, and looks simply stunning all season long. It's covered with yellow trumpet flowers in late spring and early summer, but it's actually the foliage that sets it apart from the rest: it emerges as unusual flying saucer-like discs around the stem with a silvery-blue tint.
Kintzley's Ghost honeysuckle isn't just a fantastic looking vine - it's also got a good story. It was developed by one William Kintzley at Iowa State University in the 1880s. Some people claim that it was found growing on his grave, while others say that members of his extended family kept parts of it as they moved around and it was eventually reintroduced to the public by Colorado Plant Select in the early 2000s.
Very tolerant of hot, dry conditions and difficult soils, this vigorous, deer resistant vine needs a good sturdy support. It will provide you with years of joy and tons of compliments from neighbors and passersby!
Special features: Blooms first year, Attracts butterflies, Cold hardy, Long blooming, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Vine
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- Botanical name:
Lonicera reticulata 'P015S'
- Common name:
Kintzely's Ghost honeysuckle, Honeysuckle vine
- Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Sun exposure:
Full Sun (6+ hrs/day)
- Ship form:
- Soil type:
- Soil moisture:
Moderate to dry
- Height x width:
12' x 3-5'
- Flower color:
- Foliage color:
Blue, silver, green
- Bloom season:
Late spring-early summer
Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Vines and climbers
- Cannot ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
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Soil: Any average to dry soil is suitable.
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) is best for good flowering
Water: Once established, the plants need only moderate watering, unless the summer is very dry. Does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water.
Spacing: 3 - 4 ft or as needed on trellises, posts, pergolas, etc.
Fertilizing: None necessary. If desired, apply a granular rose fertilizer in early spring.
Winterizing: Consider applying mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.
Maintenance & pruning: Little is needed - covers structures but is not overly rambunctious. To shape the vine, cut back overly long stems so they are in keeping with the desired shape, and cut out any weak, spindly growth. Blooms on old wood, so prune after bloom if desired to preserve the floral display.
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