More subtle than 'Antonow's Blue' but having a beauty of its own with deeply veined green leaves and curious purple-green flowers June to August. Bright green inflated seed pods follow. It's a little smaller than Melianthus major which is...major. This quickly-growing South African is reliably hardy in our area. Up to 18-inch-long blue-green leaves have "pinked" edges, and arch like ostrich feathers; their ambiguous color allows for a purplish interpretation depending upon its context and the light. The leaves are especially beautiful when studded with rain diamonds! A tropicalesque presence, it has nevertheless looked great well into November here in Western Oregon.
Mature size: 2 ft wide by 4 ft tall.
Minimum temperature: 0° F