Melianthus comosus / Honey Flower / Seeds

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Melianthus comosus / Honey Flower / Seeds

An exotic and attractive garden plant originally from South Africa.  Produces olive green serrated leaves and deep-red flowers from April into mid-summer.  The honey flower has a nice compact rounded shape and grows up to 1.5m in height.

These plants prefer a sunny well-drained spot in the garden, sheltered from cold winds.  The Honey Flower is half hardy but quite common in gardens in southern Britain, and will survive a light frost.  It is best to protect the crown with mulch over winter.
 

Pack of 10 seeds.  Sow any time.  Sowing and a colour photo are printed on the packet.  


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Hardiness Half-hardy evergreen shrub
Flowers April to July
Height 1 - 1.5m
Spread 1 - 1.5m
Conditions  Plant out in full sun and in rich and moist well-drained soil.
Sow

Sow any time in deep trays of seed compost.  Cover lightly and keep moist.  Keep at 20-25C during the day and around 10C at night and germination takes 2-4 weeks, sometimes up to 6 weeks.  Leave seedlings in the tray until the 4-leaf stage, then transplant to small pots to grow on.  Protect young plants from snails and spider mites.  

Grow

Cut back older stems after flowering to encourage new growth.  In winter, mulch around the roots and with smaller plants, cover them in fleece.  In colder gardens, grow in large pots and move to a sheltered place in winter.