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Chilean rhubarb, a horticultural beast!

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Click here to enlarge this photo.
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Click here to enlarge this photo.
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Chilean rhubarb (Gunnera tinctoria) is a gargantuan perennial that is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 7-10. It prefers moist, rich soil in full sun or partial shade. This plant certainly says “WOW!” Its bold foliage, with leaves up to 6 feet across, has the texture of that of (we can only imagine) dinosaur skin. In fact, it’s easy to picture dinosaurs strolling amongst these plants as they head to a pond for a drink of water. Gardeners in warmer climates can grow this monster as a perennial, while northern gardeners are restricted to growing it in a pot to be over wintered indoors or building elaborate systems to protect the crowns from deep freezes in winter. As wonderful as it it, the plant has become a troublesome invasive in parts of Ireland and New Zealand. Eradicating it is not easy, due to its size and the ferocious spines on its stems and leaf undersides. It spreads by both seeds and rhizomes.

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To learn about Chilean rhubarb’s big brother, giant rhubarb (Gunnera manicata), click here!

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  1. catsdogs 05/14/2010

    Love that PLant by the Water, its so amazing to look at, and can feel the Serenty.....

  2. fldirt 05/14/2010

    If it is invasive why would you plant it. Here in Florida we are having a hard time with invasive plants so please do not plant plants that are invasive.

  3. StreetGlide 05/14/2010

    Great choice of pictures. Wonder what one could do with this in zone 4...as an annual.

  4. Oksana_in_SC 05/18/2010

    I think planting an invasive plant in the middle of the water is a great solution! It is there for the looks but not going to take over! I wonder if it can be used for culinary purposes like other rhubarbs...

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