Gunnera tinctoria /Giant Rhubarb, Chilean Rhubarb

Gunnera tinctoria   / Gunnera tinctoria
Giant rhubarb gets its name from its large leaves
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Giant rhubarb gets its name from its large leaves

Grows well by water and in wet soils

Gives strong textural contrast

Foliage in summer

A very large, coarse textured leaf

Plants flower in late summer and early fall and a single plant may produce up to 8 inflorescences

A single inflorescence may produce 80,000 seed. Note the spines on the leaf petioles

A large colony with fresh spring foliage

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Scientific Name: Gunnera tinctoria
Common Name: Giant Rhubarb, Chilean Rhubarb
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Green
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: High
Maintenance Level: Medium
Comments: A large, clump forming perennial with hugh leaves that attain size of an umbrella. Reportedly, leaf stalks, before they become very prickly, can be peeled and eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable. This species tolerates salt spray and is found growing right up to the high tide mark in coasrtal areas.