Honeysuckle Close

One of the most delightful scents that emanates from a British wildflower must surely be that of the Honeysuckle. Also known as the Woodbine this exotic-looking climber entwines itself around the stems and branches of its host so tightly that it can cause deformation. Its leaves are amongst the first to appear, even as early as December, followed by the trumpet-shaped flowers in June. The reddish-purple stems become woody with time and can grow to six metres in length. Honeysuckle Close itself is one of a large number of plant-based place-names on the Woolwell estate and one of the growing number of Closes (around 600) around the City. It is now probably the most popular ending for a street name in Plymouth, and yet before the Second World War there were only three!