Honey Bush

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Honey Bush - Melianthus major
Latin name:
Melianthus major

Description: Extremely attractive, fairly lax, sparsely branched evergreen shrub, grown for its attractive, deeply serrated silver-blue leaves which bring character to the garden. Melianthus comes from the Greek meli (honey) and anthos (flower), meaning that it has abundant nectar. Because it tends to flower during the winter months this is rarely seen in the UK, never-the-less this is a highly attractive plant. The long stems can be shortened in spring or cut to the ground for a flush of new growth.

Hardiness: -3C and lower for short periods only. If cut to the ground will usually reshoot form the base in spring


Position: Full sun

Soil: humus rich soil

Water: fairly drought tolerant once established

Usage: Looks excellent when planted with dark or purple foliaged plants

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