Melianthus major

Connoisseurs of foliage plants hold Melianthus high in their affections, for the leaves are ravishing – large and at least a foot (30 cm) long, pinnate, very coarsely toothed, and of a rare colour, a true sea-green. The plant is shrubby and will grow to 6 feet (1.8 m) in perfect conditions, but would certainly be less in a pot. Sprays of brownish-red flowers appear in summer, but are of little interest.

Melianthus major is not fully hardy, but so distinguished a plant is a worthwhile risk in a reasonably sheltered spot. It should be protected in winter with a quilt of bracken or leaves, and if cut down by frost in spite of your care will probably shoot from the base in spring to provide glorious foliage for another season.

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