Honeysuckles are arching shrubs or twining vines in the family Caprifoliaceae, native to northern latitudes in North America, Europe and Asia. There are approximately 200 species of honeysuckle; widely known species include Lonicera periclymenum (common honeysuckle or woodbine), Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle), and Lonicera sempervirens (coral honeysuckle, or trumpet honeysuckle).
Some species are highly fragrant and colourful, so are cultivated as ornamental garden plants. Honeysuckle is used in herbal medicine in some cultures.
Honeysuckle is of low toxicity. It can cause gastrointestinal upset with vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy. We receive lots of calls involving honeysuckle exposures- we have cases involving cats, dogs, cattle, goats, rabbits, and rodents. Most animals remain well after ingestion of honeysuckle, the main effect in symptomatic animals is vomiting. Management of symptomatic animals is largely symptomatic and supportive, with rehydration if required.