While at the Wild Animal Park the other day I almost stumbled quite literally, on a large planting of Melianthus Major. You ask, why is this such a big deal? Well, several years ago I found this plant at a local nursery and was intrigued by its leaves. They have an incredible shape that looks absolutely nasty-mean! Yet the foliage is a soft green and delicate to the touch. I read about the flower spikes and liked the description and thought it would be an interesting addition to the yard. My plant took a while to establish itself and has turned into a nice large sized bush – but it has yet to produce the flower spikes.

The Melianthus at the Wild Animal Park is full of flower spikes about to open. They have so much character that one can imagine every flower almost as if they were the heads of some sort of animal – horse, giraffe, something like that.

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