Gunnera manicata

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 Gunnera manicata subsp. var.  Gunnera brasiliensis, Giant rhubarb
Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
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Height: 6 ft to 10 ft
Width: 10 ft to 15 ft
Lifespan: perennial, annual
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun
Features: flowers, ground cover
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USDA Zones: 7 to 9
Sunset Zones:
Flower features: red, pink
Gunneraceae > Gunnera manicata var. ,

Gunnera manicata, or giant rhubarb, a native of Brazil, is an ornamental plant in the Gunneraceae family.

The underside of the leaf and the whole stalk have spikes on them. The leaves of Gunnera grow to an impressive size. Leaves with diameters well in excess of four feet are commonplace, with a spread of 10 feet by 10 feet on a mature plant.

This plant grows best in damp conditions eg by the side of garden ponds, but dislikes winter cold and wet. Cover the plant with its own dead foliage to protect the crown in winter.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Gunnera manicata, Lind. Stem thick and very short, the titanic crown of lvs. rising from the ground: petioles often as tall as a man, prickly: blades becoming 5-10 ft. across, orbicular in general outline, variously lobed, crenate, furrowed and channelled along the great veins: fls. green: spikes dense and tapering, often more than 1 ft. diam. and 3-4 ft. tall. S.Brazil.—The crown of lvs. sometimes measures 25-35 ft. across, making a magnificent plant. This is the better species.

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