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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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MELIANTHUS major

 
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  • Evergreen
    Spreading leaves 30-50cm (12-20in) long have 9-17 closely set, ovate 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
  • Leaf form
    Pinnate see photos above
  • Leaf margin
    Incised see photos above
  • Leaf shape
    Ovate see photos above
  • 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
  • Spring
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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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