Melianthus major, the giant honey flower or in Afrikaans kruidjie-roer-my-nie (herb-touch-me-not), offers much nectar to birds and insects, but a foul smell to humans when touching the plant. The erect, maroon flower stems and large grey leaves make up in visual effects for the untoward odours!
Parts of the plant are important in traditional medicine. The plant grows in winter, much of this via suckering and branching in the soft, low-lying wet ground of its habitat. The distribution area along the coastal strip of the Western Cape and western parts of the Eastern Cape is close to water courses or ample winter water. The pale green fruits are hairless (Bond and Goldblatt, 1984; Manning, 2009).