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Gunnera magellanica

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.05m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.35m
  • Growth HabitLarge-leaved
  • Flower ColourGreen
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Gunnera magellanica. This is a rhizomatous clump-forming perennial which will grow to about 15cm high with a spread of up to 30cm or more. It has stalked kidney-shaped, scalloped leaves and will bear tiny green flowers in short rounded spikes in the summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

S. America

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage, flowers and fruits.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Rich
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are frost hardy, but need shelter from winds in the summer and can be covered with bracken or compost in the winter. They will require a sunny position with moist soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the autumn or spring, and the small species by division in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Protect from slugs and snails.

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