This is a rare, high-altitude, hardy dwarf relative of the fabulous Melianthus major that features silver-grey, deeply fingered leaves smelling of hazelnuts when bruised. Maroon flowers with chocolate bracts and green stamens produce large, pale green inflated fruits.
These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and cold-stored for several months. They should be sown into a well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered thinly with sand or grit and kept moist. Keep at between 15 and 20 degrees C. Seeds generally germinate within 4 to 6 weeks although some varieties may take much longer.