Giant Rubarb

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Giant Rubarb - Gunera manicata
Latin name:
Gunera manicata

Description: If you want a herbaceous plant that’s truly enormous and very jungle-like in appearance, this is the plant for you! It is an extremely large and dramatic, clump-forming herbaceous perennial, with enormous mid-green rhubarb-like leaves, spiny underneath, up to a staggering 2-2.5m wide, on prickly stalks up to 2.5m long. You couldn’t miss this plant if you tried! Although it prefers to be planted next to water, it can be grown in dryer situations, though it will be correspondingly smaller. It can also be grown in large containers which can be watered regularly if your garden is dry.


Height: up to 2.4m in ideal conditions

Position: Full sun to dappled shade

Soil: permanently moist, well drained soil

Water: Never let dry out

Usage: As a dramatic statement that you can’t miss also good in large containers

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