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Gunnera manicata /Giant Rhubarb

Gunnera manicata  / Gunnera manicata
Huge, rice paper-like leaves in an English garden
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Huge, rice paper-like leaves in an English garden

Typical foliage and planting adjacent to water

Large colony of Gunnera at Villa Carlotta on Lake Como in Italy

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Scientific Name: Gunnera manicata
Common Name: Giant Rhubarb
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This plant produces leaves that may attain a width of up to 10 feet. It grows well in wet areas and is ideal in a bog or water garden. Spines on the leaves are hazardous and its sap may be toxic to some people. Mulch it when grown in areas where the top is killed back by cold.