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Formerly grown as a greenhouse and conservatory foliage plant, Melianthus major can be grown outside in mild regions. It has spectacular, grey-green leaves with deeply serrated edges, and occasionally tubular, red-brown flowers in summer. It makes a dramatic statement in a sunny, sheltered border or exotic garden scheme. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Grow Melianthus major in well-drained soil in full sun, ideally against the shelter of a south-facing wall. Alternatively grow it in a container, which you can move indoors in autumn. To stop it getting leggy, cut back in early spring. Protect from winter frost.
Plant type: Tender perennial
Flower colour: Red, Brown
Foliage colour: Grey
Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist, Sandy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: March to May
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