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Care of the shrub Freylinia lanceolata or Honey bells.

Care of the shrub Freylinia lanceolata or Honey bells

The genus Freylinia, family Scrophulariaceae, includes 12 species of shrubs and trees native to Africa. Some species are: Freylinia lanceolata, Freylinia tropica, Freylinia visseri, Freylinia crispa, Freylinia rigida.

Common names: Honey bells, Honey bell-bush. This species is native to South Africa.

They are evergreen shrubs or small trees with arching branches (like willows) that reach 5 meters (16.4 feet) in height. The long lanceolate leaves are dark green. The yellowish tubular flowers appear in clusters and give off a pleasant scent of honey. They can bloom in summer, fall and winter.

They are used as isolated specimens, to form screens, next to watercourses, in shrubby groups and as a background for borders. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

The Freylinia lanceolata needs full sun exposure and a warm and dry climate (Mediterranean). Withstands light frost.

They grow in any well-drained soil; use normal garden soil drained with coarse sand.

Water regularly so the substrate never dries out completely. They do not like drought.

Fertilize with a little compost in spring.

Prune at the end of winter to maintain a compact habit.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are easily propagated from seeds sown in spring or fall and by cuttings taken in summer.

Images of the shrub Freylinia lanceolata or Honey bells

Freylinia lanceolata
Freylinia lanceolata