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Melianthus major

This striking perennial plant with thick, bamboo like stems and large, bluish-green leaves can be found growing in the Indigenous Garden. The deeply divided leaves cannot be missed and its imposing shape, roughly 3.5m wide is a definite show stopper. The flowers spikes appear in spring above the leaves, drawing much attention with their dark maroon to rusty reddish colours. The flowers are followed by 4-chambered, bladder-like seed pods, drying to a paper-like texture and containing the shiny black seeds.

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Common Name:
Honey flower, giant honey flower, touch-me-not (Eng.); kruidjie-roer-my-nie (Afr.)
Plant Height:
2 m
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Flowering Time:
September, August