GUNNERA manicata

Commonly known as Chile rhubarb, Giant prickly rhubarb

The more boggy the conditions the larger the giant, umbrella-shaped leaves.
Further Reading....
  • Green
    Tiny greenish red flowers
  • Height
    2.5m (8ft)
  • Spread
    3-4m (10-13ft) or more.
  • Herbaceous
    Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
    Very large clump forming perennial. Rounded to kidney-shaped, palmately-lobed, sharply-toothed, dark-green leaves to 2m (6ft) long on prickly stalks to 2.5m (8ft) long. Flowers are followed by small, spherical, red-green fruit.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
    shelter from cold drying winds. Protect crowns in frost prone areas.
  • Partial shade

GUNNERA manicata

Available again from summer 2022 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
Small £17.50 each 
Delivery Information Available again from summer 2022
plant size comparison icon 2 to 3 Litre
Currently out of stock, please check again soon
Large £45.00 each 
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Invasive. Should never be allowed to escape into the wild.
    Pests & Diseases
    Slugs, snails.
    Place of origin
    Colombia to Brazil
  • Flower Shape
    Conical, branched panicles to 1m (39in) tall
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Bog garden
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Wet or boggy soil
    or deep, permanently moist, humus-rich soil.
2.5m (8ft)
Herbaceous - guide for size not form Average Person
  3-4m (10-13ft) or more.

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