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Giant Honey Flower (Melianthus major)
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The large trusses produce sticky nectar to attract birds for pollination. The plant warns for its toxicit by producing a peanutbutter-like smell.  

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Common name:
Giant Honey Flower

Origin:
South Africa

Minimumtemperature:
-15 degree Celsius

Description:
The Giant Honey Flower is a very particular plant which originates from the southwestern cape in South Africa, but is suitable for most gardens. The deep red trusses of flowers can be 80 cm big. Each flower produces a sticky nectar (resembling honey) in order to attract birds for pollination. All parts of the plant are toxic, and the plant warns for its toxicity y producing a peanutbutter-like smell. The local habitants cook the plant to heal wounds and bruises. In the local language, the plant is called kruidjie-roer-my-nie (touch-me-not) because of its toxicity. However, the plant has nothing to do with the well-known Mimosa pudica, which quickly closes its leaves when it is touched.
In South Africa, the plant can grow up to 2 or 3 meters high, but will stay smaller in most climates, as the above-ground parts will die in winter. A sunny spot is recommended.

Germination instructions:
Let the seeds soak for 24 hours in lukewarm water, and then sow them in a sowing mixture at ½ cm depth. Keep the soil moist and cover it with plastic foil or glass. Let the seeds germinate at room temperature.

Sowing time:
January - june

Level of difficulty:
Easy

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