• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 8 ft. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Specimen
    Blooms:
    Late spring
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:me-lee-AN-thus may-jor
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 8 ft. tall.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Late spring
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleTropical
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Prefers well-draining soil rich in organic matter. Remove old stems and feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth in spring. Plant the crown three inches below grade to increase general hardiness in colder climates. Prune hard after flowering to rejuvenate from the base.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This Dan Hinkley selection was named after after the late renown Seattle, Washington horticulturist Steve Antonow.

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