Plant of the Week – Giant Rhubarb

Gunnera Manicata – Giant Rhubarb

Other common name: Chilean or prickly rhubarb

Family: Gunneraceae

Genus: Gunnera may be evergreen or herbaceous rhizomatous perennials, and range from small creeping plants to very large with huge leaves. The tiny red-brown flowers are small, borne in narrow panicles or spikes to 1m in height and may be followed by small berry-like fruits

Details: G. manicata is a very robust herbaceous perennial, forming a spreading clump of lobed, rounded, rough-textured leaves with spiny stems 1-2m in width.

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