Honey Flower

By Kate Chinnick

Melianthus minor (Touch Me Not, Honey Flower)

Native to South Africa
Sprawling shrub growing 1.8m tall
Prized for its luxuriant blue/green foliage
Spikes of brownish red flowers appear in spring & summer
If pruned back hard in early spring, fresh leaves grow out
Flowers will be lessened if pruned
Leaves have a strong unpleasant smell when bruised
Grow in full sun or part shade
Propagate from cuttings in summer
Marginally frost hardy & protect from cold winds