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Common Name: Honey Flower
Melianthus minor is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 2.00 metres tall.
It has edible uses.
The root is poisonous.
S. Africa and India.
Requires a well-drained moisture retentive soil in full sun or light shade[
]. Prefers a rich loamy soil[
]. Fertile soils give good foliage effects but the plant flowers better on a poor soil[
Closely related to M. major, but smaller in all parts[
A very ornamental plant it is only hardy in the milder areas of Britain[
], flowering freely in Cornwall[
]. In colder parts of the country it can be grown as a herbaceous perennial, dying down in winter but regrowing from the base in the spring[
]. In these areas the rootstock must be well mulched[
]. The top growth is possibly hardy for short periods down to -10°c, whilst the rootstock is possibly hardy to -15°c if it is well mulched[
Plants are often used in sub-tropical bedding schemes[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The flowers are very rich in nectar, this is collected and eaten[
Seed - sow spring in a warm greenhouse[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow on the seedlings for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts[
Cuttings of greenwood stem tips in a frame in summer[
Suckers in spring[
]. They can be planted out immediately or potted up and kept in a frame for their first winter.