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Chilean Prickly Rhubarb

Gunnera tinctoria

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.

CarePrefers 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.

  • Genus : Gunnera
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Zones : 7, 8, 9
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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