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Melianthus flowering early

  • Melianthus flowering early

I planted this last year and, probably because of the mild winter, it is flowering prolifically. I don't know if this is usual or even desirable as I planted it for foliage interest. Will try to attach photo.

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    Geoff Hodge

    They can flower if the weather is mild and conducive. I think the flowers spoil the plant, so I remove them. If you want to do the same, trace the flower stem as low down as possible to the main plant and cut it off with a pair of secateurs.

  2. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    The same has happened to ours. They normally flower in August. Just shows how a mild winter and spring can bring things on. I quite like them - they are certainly striking. But they can unbalance the 'look' of a border.

    • Melianthus flowering early
  3. Grower


    I had no idea the plant would get so big. It is completely swamping a newish oak leafed hydrangea and a false bamboo so I will have to cut it back. It seems to have rooted over an area and I am hoping I can obtain some new plants from it for swapping or giving. I will remove the flowers but am waiting a bit as the rusty red colour fits into my attempt at a plum/pink/silver colour scheme. This is an uphill battle anyway as some very blue aquilegia seed themselves here and lots of yellow tulips from years ago flowered earlier. Hadn t the heart to 'murder' the tulips but did uproot the aquilegia.

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