Honey bush

Melianthus major

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
Honey bush (Melianthus major)
mel-ee-AN-thus MAY-jor
Genus:  Melianthus
Honey bush has attractive, 12- to 20-inch-long pinnate leaves with sharply toothed silver-green leaflets. It bears spike-like racemes of oddly scented brownish crimson to brick-red flowers from late spring to midsummer.
Care:  Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Shelter from cold and wind, and protect from excessive winter moisture. Where not hardy, grow in a cold greenhouse and plant or stand outside in summer. Or treat as a perennial; it will resprout annually from the base where temperatures do not fall below 23°F.
Propagation:  Root basal or softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer.
Problems:  Spider mites and whiteflies under glass.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Red Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

Related Plants to Melianthus major

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
Adam's needle
Yucca filamentosa ‘Golden Sword’
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
Flower Carpet® Scarlet
Rosa var. NOA83100B 'Flower Carpet® Scarlet'
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
Scarlet clematis
Clematis texensis 'Duchess of Albany'
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
Heavenly bamboo
Nandina domestica