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Gunnera manicata

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At a Glance

- Gunnera manicata
- Huge architectural plant
- Prehistoric appearance
- Needs a wet soil and lots of space

Plant Information

Gunnera manicata, also known as a Chilean rhubarb. A robust herbaceous perennial which forms a spreading clump of lobed, rounded, rough textured leaves with spiny stems 1 to 2m across. Tiny red brown flowers are borne in erect panicles to 1m in height. Requires a wet soil to support the lush growth and whilst hardy, the large crowns need protection from frost overwinter. AGM

Gunnera manicata is excellent in a large garden with plenty of water, by a pond or stream. This prehistoric beast is an incredible specimen. The leaves can reach 2m across and are borne on strong spiny stems.


Genus: Gunnera
Variety: manicata
Category: Perennial
Reference: guman

Height & Spread: 2 x 4m
Flower Colour: green
Foliage: Deciduous
Soil Type: fertile moist / wet soil
Aspect: full sun to shade
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer & Autumn

Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline and may vary according to local conditions


Gunnera manicata

Gunnera manicata, Huge architectural plant, Prehistoric appearance, Needs a wet soil and lots of space

Gunnera manicata

Architectural perennial. Huge leaves upto 1.5m across on stems up to 2m high, in early spring spikes of tiny flowers up to 1m high are produced later forming red fruits. Mulch crowns in winter. Needs a fertile moist / wet soil. AGM