Plants in the jasmine genus have much in common with plants in the honeysuckle genus. Both contain species that produce pleasant scents, and both grow as vines. Despite their similarities, the two groups of plants are not related.
Jasmine and honeysuckle plants have different scientific classifications. Plants in the Jasminum, or jasmine, genus belong to the Oleaceae family, which is the olive family. Plants in the Lonicera, or honeysuckle, genus belong to the Caprifoliaceae family, which is also known as the honeysuckle family.
Jasmine plants tend to thrive in warm-weather conditions. Many grow in Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Georgia. Honeysuckle has wider distribution. The variety of honeysuckle species spread across every portion of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Jasmine is generally safe and used in medicine, perfume, food, teas and cosmetics. In contrast, some honeysuckle plants are poisonous. Eating the berries that grow on Japanese honeysuckle, for example, may lead to convulsions, problems breathing, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea and vomiting.
- Purdue Extension Garden Tips: Gardening for the Senses
- Clemson Cooperative Extension: Jasmine
- North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension: Vines -- Lonicera Sempervirens
- USDA: PLANTS Profile - Jasminum L. (Jasmine)
- USDA: PLANTS Profile - Lonicera L. (Honeysuckle)
- Purdue Guide to Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Jasmine
- North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension: Poisonous Plants -- Lonicera Japonica
- USDA: Plants Database
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