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Purple Haze Honey Bush*

Melianthus major 'Purple Haze'

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Purple Haze Honey Bush (Melianthus major 'Purple Haze') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Purple Haze Honey Bush flowers

Purple Haze Honey Bush flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)


A fabulous fine textured shrub with striking silver-blue foliage accented by burgundy-red stems; birds are attracted to the bold, nectar-rich red flowers in late winter

Ornamental Features

Purple Haze Honey Bush features showy clusters of fragrant dark red tubular flowers rising above the foliage from late winter to early spring. Its attractive serrated narrow pinnately compound leaves remain silvery blue in color with curious white undersides throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Haze Honey Bush is a multi-stemmed annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Purple Haze Honey Bush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Purple Haze Honey Bush will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Purple Haze Honey Bush is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features