Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' is distinguished by its clusters of red trumpet-shaped blossoms with orange interiors that appear steadily throughout the summer and into fall. Also called Honeysuckle, this is a woody stemmed, perennial vine that requires strong support. It is very attractive to hummingbirds and will be visited by various other pollinators, as well.
Lonicera sempervirens is native to the southeastern United States. Lonicera 'Major Wheeler', discovered along the coast of North Carolina, is noted for its mildew-resistant foliage, which makes this selection one of the best native honeysuckles.
Lonicera sempervirens prefers sun to light shade and moist soil. It will tolerate dry soil and drought, once established. 'Major Wheeler' blooms heaviest in full sun. It flowers on old wood so prune just after flowering. Lonicera 'Major Wheeler' is not overly aggressive and can be used as a ground cover in natural areas.