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The grandest foliage plant for damp or boggy soil, giving a tropical air to temperate gardens. You may shelter beneath huge parasol-like leaves. 152 cm across held on wrist-thick, bristly stalks. Curious flower spikes hide beneath. Apply farmyard manure lavishly. Protect coconut-sized resting buds in winter with own foliage bent over, plus bracken or herbaceous remains. H2 m. Spread huge!
Gunnera, Chile rhubarb, Giant rhubarb
Gunnera manicata (Gunnera). This is a large perennial plant which is grown for its ornamental foliage and spreading form. It will bear conical green flowering spikes in the summer which are followed by orange seed pods.
You will need to shelter this plant from harsh winter cold. They will prefer a rich, moist soil and are fantastic landscape plant beside a lake.
Foliage, ornamental, bog