Amur Honeysuckle is one of three species of bush honeysuckle in Virginia, all of which are highly invasive; the other two are Japanese Honeysuckle and Morrow's Honeysuckle. A lot of it grows in Monticello Park. The name "honeysuckle" is based on children sucking on the flowers to enjoy the sweet nectar. Amur Honeysuckle is in the genus Lonicera which has about 180 species, only 20 of which are native to North America. Another name for honeysuckle is "woodbine", and it has often been referenced in literature. William Shakespeare, Alfred Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Milton, Walter Scott, John Keats, and others have written about the scent or appearance of the flowers.
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