Melianthus major

Honey bush

One of the plus sides to global warming is being able to grow exotics in the south of England. 

An evergreen from southern Africa, Melianthus is a large leafed plant that smells of peanut butter rather than honey. 

Used in tropical planting schemes, the lush blue-grey foliage can become quite large when given a warm, sheltered spot. It rarely stays evergreen in our winters but can be grown as a herbaceous perennial, cutting it back before the frosts and mulching thickly. 

They can survive down to -5°C (23ºF) and will regrow from the base in spring. If grown indoors, aphids and whitefly can be a problem.

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£ 12.00

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Melianthaceae

Tender perennial

H3

200cm

100cm

Blue grey, fragrant 

Maroon 

Moist, well drained 

Sheltered, full sun

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