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GreenTiny green flowers
Ground coverThese plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soilCupped, kidney shaped, scalloped, dark-green leaves 5-9cm (2-3½in) across on upright stalks 8-15 (3-6in) tall.
HerbaceousEarly in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.Mat-forming perennial. Flowers are followed by ovoid to spherical, orange-red fruit 5mm (¼in) across.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Full sunshelter from cold drying winds. Tolerates full sun in areas with cool summers.
Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesSlugs, snails.Place of originSouthern South America. Falklands.
Flower ShapePaniclesCompact panicles 1.5-12cm (½-5in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsBog garden
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Soil ConditionsWet or boggy soilor deep, permanently moist, humus-rich soil.
- Caring for Gunnera manicata
- Protecting from Frost Damage
- Splitting Gunnera - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Further Reading
- Dividing Herbaceous Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring Planting Osteospermums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing Summer Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing summer flowering Hemerocallis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Summer propagation - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Self-seeding aquilegia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Supporting Plants - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading meconopsis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading Delphiniums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Feeding herbaceous peonies - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Overpotting Problems - Video Tip ondemand_video