Gunnera Manicata is a dramatic, architectural plant, with massive, deeply veined, rounded leaves held on stout, prickly stems. This majestic plant looks wonderful at the edge of a large pond or stream where its foliage is reflected in the water. One of the most spectacular plants that can be grown in Britain, it requires deep, permanently moist, humus-rich soil, lots of space and protection from cold, drying winds.
This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
Cut back the dying leaves in autumn. In frost-prone areas protect the crown of the plant with a dry winter mulch such as straw.
- Enjoys full sun or partial shade
- Deep, permanently moist, humus-rich soil
- Average to fast-growing
- Flowers in June
- Fully hardy (some protective measures outlined above)