Herb: Honey Flower
Latin name: Melianthus major
Medicinal use of Honey Flower:Vulnerary. The root is poisonous and emetic, but is used as a remedy against snake bites.
Description of the plant:
(9 3/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Damp sandy areas.
Edible parts of Honey Flower:The honey-like nectar from the flowers is eaten. Deliciously sweet, a tiny bit seems to go a long way - which is very useful since the plant does not produce that much in the British climate.
Other uses of the herb:A violet dye is obtained from the flowers.
Propagation of Honey Flower:Seed - sow spring in a warm greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow on the seedlings for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of greenwood stem tips in a frame in summer. Suckers in spring. They can be planted out immediately or potted up and kept in a frame for their first winter.
Cultivation of the herb:Damp sandy areas.
Known hazards of Melianthus major:The root is poisonous.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.