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Honey Bush

Melianthus major
photo: Stan Shebs
Melianthus major
Melianthus major
Melianthus major

Melianthus

Honey Bush

Big, bold, blue and architectural pretty much sums up the fantastic posture of this quick growing South African native.

<i>Melianthus major</i>

Big, bold, blue and architectural pretty much sums up the fantastic posture of this quick growing South African native. Deeply divided in an exotic feather-like fashion, the glaucous steely blue-green leaflets are sharply toothed, while gracefully curving downward. Erect and thick gray-green stems host the highly textured foliage that can grow up to 18 in. long and makes an enduring addition to arrangements. Elevated above the tropical-style foundation, intriguing one ft. long terminal spikes showcase deep brick-red bracts with green stamens, later followed by ornamental papery seed pods.

Evergreen in warmer climates and choice for a container in colder areas, the Honey Bush grows into a spreading subshrub, sculpting a dramatic specimen if given room to move, average moisture, well drained soil and a heavy winter mulch.

Blooms March–August.

Size: 8' 0" – 10' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

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