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MELIANTHUS major

Commonly known as Honey bush

Handsome architectural evergreen for the herbaceous border in milder climates. Bluish green pinnate leaves and crimson tubular flowers
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  • Evergreen - spreading, pinnate leaves 30-50cm (12-20in) long have 9-17 closely set, oval leaflets.
  • Red
  • Height - 2-3m (6½-10ft)
  • Spread - 1-3m (3-10ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - erect to spreading shrub with robust, hollow stems mostly near ground level. Flowers, 2.5cm (1in) long.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun - provide shelter from cold winds.
  • Additional Features - Architectural interest -
  • Pests & Diseases - red spider mite under glass
  • Place of origin - South Africa
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
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  • Flower Shape - Racemes - - spike-like racemes 30-80cm (12-32in) long
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Patio / pot plants -
  • Sub-tropical / mediterranean
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Leaf Colour (if not green) - Blue -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 4
    Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
    Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
    When: Annually in early Spring.

    RHS group 5, 6 & 7
  • Pruning group 5 - Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
    Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
    When: Annually after flowering.

    RHS group 8
  • Scented Plants - Scented foliage -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
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  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil -
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Melianthus - Growing Guide
2-3m (6½-10ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1-3m (3-10ft)
 

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