Gunnera Manicata, a spectacular plant.
Originally from Brazil and Colombia, the Gunnera Manicata (Brazilian giant-rhubarb or Dinosaur food) is a perennial rhizomatous plant that surprises by its excessiveness. Its deciduous leaves, rough to the touch, reach impressive dimensions (a limb 2 m in diameter and a thorny petiole 1 to 2 m long). From June to autumn, red and green inflorescences, spiked up to 1 m in length, bloom. From the first frosts, the leaves disappear. A huge bud from which several leaves will grow, will grow back the following spring.
Semi-resistant, the Brazilian giant-rhubarb withstands temperatures up to -15 °. Nevertheless, you will take care to protect its stump of the frost, by using the leaves which you will have previously cut. A fast growing plant, the Gunnera Manicata reaches, at adulthood, a height of 3 m for a wingspan of 4 m. The Brazilian giant-rhubarb enjoys sun or partial shade, it needs a soil rich in humus, deep and moist.That's why you'll install it instead at the edge of a pond or stream.
Easily maintained, the Gunnera Manicata will bring a touch of exoticism to your garden and will not fail to amaze you with its spectacular foliage.