Melianthus major

Honey Bush

Semi-evergreen Perennial, Shrub

Bold blue foliage of honey bush (Melianthus major) look great for months on end. Typically dies back ground in Pacific Northwest; even if it doesn't (mild winters) it looks best if it's cutback in spring to tidy it up.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 8, 9, 10

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Average, Low


Size: 48 - 66 tall x 48 - 72 wide
Shape / Form: Irregular, Rounded
Foliage Texture: Bold, Coarse
Foliage Quality: Bold, Coarse

Features: Attracts Hummingbirds, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Attractive Foliage

Foliage Color: Blue, Silver / Gray

Flower Color: Red
Bloom Season: Feb, Mar, Winter, Rarely Blooms

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Hell Strip, Mixed Border
Wildlife: Hummingbirds

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium

Plant Combos