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MELIANTHUS COMOSUS

Melianthaceae

Shrub to 2m, red-brown flowers Apr-May followed by inflated fruits, attractive divided (if smelly) foliage. Probably hardier than M.major. . Bob's score = 7

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MELIANTHUS COMOSUS

MELIANTHUS MAJOR

Melianthaceae

Dramatic serrated grey foliage, chocolate- maroon flower spikes in favoured sites Mar-Jun, 1.2m. A plant to admire but don't get too close. It smells like 1950's gasworks. Herbaceous in bad winters. . Bob's score = 8 RHS Hardiness Rating: H6 .

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MELIANTHUS MAJOR

MELIANTHUS MAJOR 'PURPLE HAZE'

Melianthaceae

Photographed at Strybing Arboretum, San Francisco 8/3/00.

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MELIANTHUS MAJOR

MELIANTHUS MAJOR 'PUTTER'

Dramatic serrated overall creamy-yellow foliage, chocolate-maroon flower spikes in favoured sites Mar-Jun, 1.2m Protect in very harsh winters by poking conifer prunings into the foliage.

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MELIANTHUS MAJOR

MELIANTHUS MAJOR VARIEGATED

Melianthaceae

Random speckled variegation - nasty and detracts from the classical leaf shape.

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MELIANTHUS MAJOR variegated

MELIANTHUS MINOR

Melianthaceae

Shrub, after a mild winter it is topped with exotic fat bunches of red, orange and green flowers full to the brim with black nectar Mar-May, unforgivably untidy 2m. . Bob's score = 4.5

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MELIANTHUS MINOR

MELIANTHUS PECTINATUS

Melianthaceae

1.5m. shrub, divided grey leaves, scarlet flowers in loose spikes on old wood Apr-Jun, tenderish. . Bob's score = 6

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MELIANTHUS PECTINATUS

MELIANTHUS VILLOSUS

Melianthaceae

Supposedly an improvement on Melianthus major. We shall see! High altitude collected, hardy dwarf evergreen shrub, silver grey fingered and deeply serrated leaves smell of hazelnuts, maroon flowers with chocolate bracts May-Jun, 1.2m.

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MELIANTHUS VILLOSUS



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