With its huge leaves Gunnera manicata is one of the wonders of the plant world. In the garden it adds texture and scale, as well as being a focal point in itself. The main attraction are the large leaves which can reach up 6ft +.
Although it does flower, the blooms are small but do rise on tall spikes
So if you are looking to add a little scale to a damp area of the garden then this could be the plant for you.
Large dramatic foliage with an architectural look are the main attraction, however these plants do die back in winter.
The preferred growing conditions are in a moist soil. Often planted by ponds or ornamental lakes, but certainly where moisture is available.
If you have the right position try growing Gunnera manicata also known as the 'Giant' or 'Chilean' Rhubarb, where you will have easy access to the massive leaves, any visitor to the garden will want to take a closer look.
- Gunnera tinctoria - A slightly smaller (lower) growing species. More rounded leaves and a seed head that has to be seen to be believed.
Although you can grow Gunnera manicata and other varieties from seed you will need to be patient. Germination is slow and erratic.
Larger clumps are easily divided when dormant, basal root cuttings are the best way to propagate.
Where to buy
Gunnera manicata plants are available for sale from the following nurseries
SEQUIM RARE PLANTS
500 N. Sequim Ave. Sequim, WA 98382