from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of dicotyledonous polypetalous plants, type of the order Melianthaceæ, characterized by a calyx which is very oblique at the base, and by having from two to four ovules in each cell.
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Heat-loving plants like melianthus, crocosmia and palm trees grow huge and bloom luxuriously in the south- and west-facing garden.
A leptospermum and a myrtle sit black and petrified and a prize 10ft melianthus that went to ground last winter hasn't been seen since.
Twenty-five years ago I planted a melianthus in my mother's garden, and even though it had perfect conditions - sun, shelter and a free-draining slope - it never did well.