Melianthus comosus, Honey Flower

Melianthus comosus

Honey Flower
Family: Melianthaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersOrnamental foliagePlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
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Melianthus comosus is an attractive multi-stemmed shrub. The large, grey-green, serrated leaves are clustered towards the tips of the branches. The small, nectar rich bird pollinated flowers are borne in a short cluster, followed by a four-winged bladdery capsules which are often as decorative as the


Melianthus comes from the Greek word Meli = honey and anthos = flower meaning that it has abundant nectar. The brightly colored red flowered petals produce an abundance of nectar that attracts Sunbirds, bees and butterflies.

It prefers light, well-drained, good garden soil.

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