Melinathus Major is a handsome subshrub with spreading hollow stems. Its glaucous leaves, 30-40cm long, gives a subtropical feel to any garden. Crimson flowers are borne in dense, erect terminal racemes, up to 15cm long in summer. Best planted in a sheltered spot and when planting partially bury some of the woody stem to increase its hardiness. Received the Award of garden Merit from the RHS in 2002. Hardy Max Height 2m to 3m. Max Spread 1m to 3m. Flowers May to July. Full sun. Hardy to -8C. Back-fill with soil mixed with peat substitute and a suitable fertiliser.