Melianthus major

Scientific name: Melianthus major


Common names: “Peanut butter bush” “Honey bush” “Touch-me-not”

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub, herbaceous in colder winters


Zone: 8-10

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Moderately fertile

Moisture: Moist well drained, some water in summer, doesn’t like excessive winter wet


Plant Size: H 6-10′ W 3-10′

Leaf and Stem shape: Handsome glaucous, pinnate leaves, smell like peanuts when you rub them

Flower: Small, tubular maroon flowers in erect racemes in spring and summer

Pruning: Minimal

Maintenance: Low, cut out flowered stems and remove any dead leaves

Landscape use: Mixed and wallside borders, patio container plant, architectural

Propagate: By basal cuttings and division

Pests & Disease: Generally healthy

*Deer resistant ♥Attracts hummingbirds

Comments: Native to South Africa, ~AGM winner


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