Melianthus Major (Honey Bush)
Sometimes called Peanut Butter Plant, because of the scent of the leaves when rubbed. This picture shows a four year old plant in the Cow Shed Garden. It survives the Winter so appears to be hardy. A spectacular specimen foliage plant, particularly effective in containers or in a prime frontal position in the border. This forms a large clump of blue-green leaves, looking almost like some kind of exotic fern. Where hardy, this can form a large woody bush with big spikes of reddish-purple fragrant flowers in early summer. The flower spikes left on the plant do from a nice display too. we have harvested some for seed here and will leave some on. Ours is now about 8 feet tall. Helen is growing them on quite sucessfully from seed at the moment.