New Mexico Wildflowers: Honeysuckle Family

(Caprifoliaceae)

 

Flowers are organized alphabetically by genus and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.

 

If you are looking here for red elderberry, based on an older guide, that species is now part of the moschatel family.


 

Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

In New Mexico, this garden plant occasionally escapes into the wild. I found it growing thickly along the Rio Grande near downtown Albuquerque. The showy white flowers turn yellow as they age.

 

Snowberry (Symphoricarpos rotundifolius)

Once fully open, these flowers can be white. However, the ones I've found have had a distinct pink cast despite being open.

 

Arizona Valerian (Valeriana arizonica)

Littlefield and Burns place this species among their pink to lavender flowers, but sometimes the flowers look more white than pink. The flowers occur in clusters and have five petals. The delicate, mostly low-lying leaves make this plant look rather lush for the high desert, and it's usually found in damp wooded areas. The "pinnate" leaves on the flower stalks are distinctive and worth memorizing.