Chilean Prickly Rhubarb

Gunnera tinctoria

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Chilean Prickly Rhubarb (Gunnera tinctoria)
Genus:  Gunnera

Enormous, puckered leaves of this tropical, prehistoric plant emerge in spring, reaching six feet across or more, creating a dramatic waterside or greenhouse specimen. In late spring, a robust stalk bearing brownish-bronze inflorescence adds to the exotic appeal. Evergreen in frost-free areas.

Care: 

Prefers rich, damp, well-draining soil, and cooler temperatures. Remove dead or damaged leaves as required; use care to avoid spines. In cooler climates, move indoor before the threat of frost. Trim to the ground each winter to rejuvenate. Feed with a controlled release fertilizer.

Information provided by Monrovia.

Overview

Height
8 to 10 ft.
Spread
8 to 10 ft.
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color
Hazelnut
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

Gunnera tinctoria