Honeysuckle or Feithleann with its bright flowers and sweet perfume is a symbol of beauty and summertime,so writes Niall Mac Coitir in his Irish Wild Plants.The plant is a climber and can be seen at the west end of the Green walk,below the side gate in the boundary wall .You may well pick up the scent as you approach through the wood - evening time is a must!
A hedgerow plant with compact heads of creamy,trumpet shaped flowers often flushed with red or purple.The one here may well be an 'escapee' from a nearby garden,but a welcome addition it surely is to the wood.
Night-flying Moths are attracted by the scent which is strongest at dusk,and pollinate the flowers as they seek nectar.
In folklore honeysuckle was believed to protect against harmful influences and witchcraft while here in Ireland it was believed to have a power against bad spirits and was used in a drink to cure the effects of the evil eye.
The plant is noted for the toughness of its wood,and it has the ability to choke off the growth of any tree it wraps itself aroundIn Ireland this trait led to the old saying that anything that was hard to break was chomh righin leis an taith-fheithleann,'as tough as a honersuckle'.
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