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Antonow's Blue Honey Bush

Melianthus major 'Antonow's Blue'

From the Dan Hinkley Collection®, this selected form of Giant Honey Bush has powdery blue, highly textural foliage. In late spring, spikes of deep burgundy, nectar rich flowers attract numerous bird species to the garden. This represents one of the hardiest clones of this species. Evergreen in warmer climates.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationmel-ee-AN-thus MAY-jor
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 8 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeLate spring
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleTropical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UsePoolside, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureAttracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-11

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