Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Melianthus major
Melianthus major

Click to Enlarge

Zone
Zones 8, 9, 12-28, H1, H2
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Melianthus major

Honey Bush
Melianthaceae
Annuals, Evergreen, Shrubs

Native to South Africa. This sof-twooded plant grows rapidly to 6–12 ft. tall and 8–10 ft. wide but is easily kept much shorter. Irregular habit, with stems that may be semierect or sprawling and spreading. Bold-looking foliage: grayish green, foot-long leaves are divided into strongly toothed leaflets. Foliage is malodorous when brushed against or bruised. Foot-tall spikes of reddish brown, 1-in. flowers bloom in late winter, early spring.

Adapts to most soils. Use for tropical effects; good as an accent plant. To get a tall shrub, stake a few stems; for a sprawling, bulkier plant, shorten some stems in early spring before new growth begins. This is often grown as an annual out of zone.

You Might Also Like...

Citrus, Lemon ‘Dwarf Lisbon’

Plants sold under this name are simply ‘Lisbon’ lemons on a dwarf rootstock, so they top o...

Citrus, Lime ‘Mexican’

Sometimes called key lime in Hawaii. Small, green to yellow-green fruit; standard bartender’s li...

Casuarina cunninghamiana

Largest and tallest species. Grows to 70 ft. tall, 30 ft. wide. Finest texture, with dark green branch...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More

Advertisement