£8.99  Melianthus major - 2Ltr    


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Melianthus major - 2Ltr
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Plant Details

Soil Type: Fertile/moist/well-drained, Poor/dry
Soil PH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Scented?: Aromatic-foliage
Seasonal Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Multi-seasonal
Evergreen?: Yes
Hardiness  Hardy - recommended for a sheltered south or west facing position. Protect in severe cold.
(Honey bush)
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Family Melianthaceae
Originating from South Africa

Tall, evergreen shrub with very large serrated leaves and racemes of red/brown flowers in late spring/summer. A spectacular choice to add yet more drama to an exotic border, its steely/green, 80cm long, jagged edged leaves combining well and enjoying the same conditions as bananas and cannas. In late spring/early summer it may produce curious, red/brown flower spikes, which drip honey-scented nectar, and as you would imagine, are a magnet for bees. This is an aromatic plant -the leaves are distinctly peanut-scented when brushed against.
Melianthus major may remain evergreen in mild winters. Severe frost will cut it to ground, but by providing a winter mulch around the roots, new growth will appear the following spring and grow surprisingly rapidly. It has a sprawling habit and may require some support.
Grow in moist but well-drained soil in sun.

Eventual mature plant size :
Height 3m

Spread 3m
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