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GUNNERA magellanica

A dwarf carpet forming species from S.America
Further Reading....

  • Height - 15cm (6in)
  • Spread - 30cm (12in)
  • Ground cover - These plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soil - cupped, kidney shaped, scalloped, dark-green leaves 5-9cm (2-3½in) across on upright stalks 8-15 (3-6in) tall.
  • Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - mat- forming perennial. Tiny green flowers are produced in compact panicles1.5-12cm (½-5in) long followed by ovoid to spherical, orange-red fruit 5mm (¼in) across.
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Full sun - shelter from cold drying winds. Tolerates full sun in areas with cool summers.
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - slugs, snails.
  • Place of origin - southern South America. Falklands.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Bog garden
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Soil Conditions - Wet or boggy soil - or deep, permanently moist, humus- rich soil.
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