There are 6 species of honey flower, peanut bush from South Africa. A couple of rather contrasting common names. From the Greek mel, 'honey' and anthos 'flower', referring to the large amount of nectar produced. Peanut bush refers to the 'interesting' scent when brushing against the foliage. They will do better in the milder parts of the UK, or a sheltered garden position. In colder areas, foliage will be cut down by the cold, but should regrow again. Full sun and a well-drained soil is ideal. At Beth's Melianthus major is in the Gravel  Garden, where it is primarily grown for its outstanding foliage. The unusual flowers are an exciting bonus!

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