One of the finest shrubby plants in cultivation, this gem has large, creamy-veined leathery leaves topped by outstanding golden, fragrant flower heads. The name 'mellifera' refers to the sweet fragrance of honey which on a warm day will drift across the garden amazing all who are nearby.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.