|1||15C+||Indoor||Grow as a houseplant or under heated glass.|
|2||10 to 15C+||Indoor / Outdoor||Grow indoors, or outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot|
|3||5 to 10C||Tender||Grow outdoors in summer, and in a heated glasshouse in winter.|
|4||1 to 5C||Tender||Grow outdoors or under glass without risk of frost.|
|5||-5 to 1C||Half-Hardy||Hardy in coastal/mild/sheltered areas. Will not tolerate hard/sudden frost. May require winter protection in situ. such as fleece or straw mulch.|
|6||-10 to -5C||Hardy||May suffer at altitude, central/northerly locations, harsh winters, cold gardens and when grown in pots.|
|7||-15 to -10C+||Hardy||Will survive most severe winters but may be at risk in central/northerly locations and in pots. Top growth may be destroyed but will usually re-grow.|
|8||-20 to -15C||Hardy||Will survive severe winter, but may need protection when grown in pots.|
|9||-20C & Colder||Very Hardy / Hardy||in the severest European climates.|
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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 enjoy 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 the 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.
Height and spread after 1 – 2 years 1.5m x 75cm
Mature height and spread after 10 – 12 years if not pruned 3m x 3m