Melianthus major

Honey Bush

Use these strongly scented evergreen shrubs where winters are warm and frost-free. Most are from South Africa, where they are used in medicine. Masses of nectar-bearing flowers secrete honey, though they are chiefly prized for their foliage. Widely used as a landscape plant in Southern California, they have an unpleasant odor when bruised. Tolerate most soils. Drought-tolerant once established. Prune in early spring before new growth begins, for height. In colder areas, mulch heavily to keep plants from dying back to the ground.
Melianthus major, Honey Bush
These fast-growing, multi-trunked shrubs have grayish green, palm-like leaves that reach 1 foot long. Plant against walls for the shadow effect of branches and leaves. Small reddish brown flowers on long spikes are followed by papery decorative seedpods.

Attributes - Melianthus major

Plant Type: Shrub

Bloom Season: Late Winter through Early Spring

Flower Color: Red

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 12 ft. to 14 ft.

Width: 8 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 8, 9, 10

Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant.

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