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Melianthus major

Honeybush

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Features

  • BloomsMay to July
  • Height2.5m to 4m
  • Spread1.2m to 2m
  • Growth HabitUpright horizontal
  • Flower ColourRed, brown
  • Leaf ColourGrey blue green

Description

Melianthus major (Honeybush). The leaves are toothed, pinnate and very large. The flowers are produced in long spikes of reddish-brown blooms they are followed by decorative seedpods.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Honey flower

Origin

Southern Africa, India

Interest and use

Foliage, ornamental, hedging, border, interesting leaves

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Grow them in full sun or partial-shade in moist but well-drained, fertile soil. You can propagate from seed or cuttings.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by greenwood cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite may be troublesome.

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