• Melianthus major
  • Melianthus major
  • Melianthus major
  • Melianthus major
    Melianthus major
    Melianthus major
    Melianthus major

Melianthus major

Honey Flower, Great Honey Flower, Honey Bush, Great Honey Bush
Size: ex 3L pot

Availability: In stock

£11.99

Quick Overview

  • Exotic foliage
  • Serrated pinnate leaves
  • Unusual rusty-red flower
  • Full sun, drought-tolerant
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Description

Melianthus major, the Honey Flower or Great Honey Bush, is a fast-growing evergreen shrub from South Africa with glaucous-green pinnate foliage that is deeply divided and combed at the margins giving it a very exotic appearance. It creates a many-branched medium-height shrub and often suckers vigourously from the base. 

Melianthus major has distinctively exotic brownish-red flowerspikes borne on the end of tall woody stems and in milder areas - where the foliage has survived winter - these flowers are produced on the previous year's growth in early spring. In colder regions the leaves and stems are cut down by the frost and it should be treated as a herbaceous perennial and pruned back to the base from where the new growth will appear. In either situation the roots should be given a thick winter mulch. Depending on the region and the severity of the winter, wrapping the entire plant in several layers of horticultural fleece may be enough to see it through the winter withoug losing its top growth.

Melianthus major is a distinctive plant and its serrated pinnate leaves and fast growth have made it very popular plant in exotic gardens. It needs a sunnny aspect and in the UK a warm sheltered position with a rich moist soil will see it put on the most growth. Extra winter care as outlined above will usually be needed.

Additional Information

Order Geraniales
Family Melianthaceae
Sub-Family No
Synonyms No
Geographical Origin South Africa: SW Cape
Cultivation Full sun, sheltered aspect. Unfussy about soil but a rich moist soil will see the most growth. Flowers are borne on previous years growth so worth protecting through the winter
Eventual Height 3m
Eventual Spread 2m
Hardiness Not fully hardy throughout all areas of the UK; in mild regions or given protection the foliage makes it through the winter; in colder regions it is best to cut back and mulch heavily, treating it as a herbaceous perennial when it will sprout vigourously

Melianthus major

Honey Flower, Great Honey Flower, Honey Bush, Great Honey Bush
Size: ex 3L pot

Availability: In stock

£11.99
You could receive 10 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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