Brazilian giant-rhubarb

Gunnera manicata

Gunnera Manicata, a spectacular plant.

Originally from Brazil and Colombia, the Gunnera Manicata...
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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.


  • Common name Brazilian giant-rhubarb - Dinosaur food
  • Family Gunneraceae
  • Genre Gunnera
  • Number of species 45
  • Origin Brazil, Colombia
  • Category perennial
  • Height 3M
  • Spread 4M
  • Foliage half evergreen
  • Hardiness -15°C
  • Blossom June - July
  • Color of flowers green-red
  • Position Sun, partial shade
  • Use waterfront - shrubbery - undergrowth
  • Soil very rich in humus
  • Habit upright and flared
  • Earth to use universal potting soil
  • Enemies slugs - whiteflies - aphids
  • Possible diseases resistant to diseases
  • Copyright image Boland F.


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