One of the most spectacular herbaceous plants, Gunnera manicata is native to Brazil and has huge rhubarb-like, prickly leaves that can be up to 150-180cm across. Ideal for wet or moist sites, this makes a superb feature plant which looks especially good when planted next to ponds or streams.
Supplied Size: 4 or 5L pots
Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Moist or boggy soil.
Hardiness: Hardy. The crown of Gunnera manicata requires protection from frost in winter.
Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
Habit: Large architectural perennial.
Height: Eventually up to 2.5 m (8 ft)
Spread: Eventually up to 3 m (10 ft)
Notes: Protect the crown in winter by piling the dead leaves into a mound over the plants centre in the autumn and removing them in spring when there is less risk of frost
An eight year old Gunnera manicata in our woodland gardens.