Melianthus major


Melianthus major

Honey bush

Highlight Month:


South Africa

Growth Habit:

Semi-woody perennial, honey bush grows during the wet winter months, blooming in very early spring. During the dry summer months, its stems can be cut down to re-sprout when rains return.

Growing Requirements:

Full sun, moderate irrigation will keep it looking more tidy.


Honey bush has striking deep, blood red flowers on a terminal flower stalk that is held above the gray-green foliage. Leaves are divided into many large leaflets and each leaflet is strikingly toothed along the edge. Attractive to sunbirds in South Africa, our native hummingbirds and other nectar-loving animals find it attractive.

Where at Lotusland:

In the display insectary garden known affectionately as the butterfly garden.

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