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Melianthus

Honey Bush

Big, bold, blue and architectural pretty much sums up the fantastic posture of this quick growing South African native.

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Melianthus major  full sun
Honey Bush
Melianthus major

Big, bold, blue and architectural pretty much sums up the fantastic posture of this quick growing South African native. Deeply divided in an exotic feather-like fashion, the glaucous steely blue-green leaflets are sharply toothed, while gracefully curving downward. Erect and thick gray-green stems host the highly textured foliage that can grow up to 18 in. long and makes an enduring addition to arrangements. Elevated above the tropical-style foundation, intriguing one ft. long terminal spikes showcase deep brick-red bracts with green stamens, later followed by ornamental papery seed pods.

Evergreen in warmer climates and choice for a container in colder areas, the Honey Bush grows into a spreading subshrub, sculpting a dramatic specimen if given room to move, average moisture, well drained soil and a heavy winter mulch.

Blooms March–August.

Size: 8' 0"–10' 0" high x 6' 0"–8' 0" wide; hardy to zone 9.

Melianthus major (P-0894)
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Melianthus major ‘Antonow’s Blue’  full sun
Melianthus major Antonow’s Blue

Big, bold, blue and architectural pretty much sums up the fantastic posture of this Melianthus selection named after Seattle plantsman Steve Antonow.

Deeply divided in an exotic featherlike fashion, the glaucous, nearly iridescent, blue leaflets are prominently toothed, while gracefully curving downward. Erect and thick, gray-green stems infused with rosy purple hues host the highly textured foliage that can grow up to 18 in. long, making an enduring addition to arrangements. Elevated above the tropical-style foundation, intriguing one ft. long terminal spikes showcase deep brick-red bracts with green stamens, later followed by ornamental papery seed pods.

Evergreen in warmer climates and choice for a container in colder areas, the Honey Bush grows into a spreading subshrub, sculpting a dramatic, quick growing specimen if given room to move, average moisture, well drained soil and a heavy winter mulch.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 6' 0" high x 6' 0" wide. Zone 7/8.


Melianthus major ‘Antonow’s Blue’ (P-1390)
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