Joy Creek Nursery

177-001D4   Gunnera manicata  

Gunnera manicata
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With leaves longer than the height of most humans, this rugged herbaceous plant is certainly among the most talked about plants in our garden. Children look up in awe at the spiny undersides of the leaves; adults can see their tops and realize that they are coarse enough to cause abrasions. The spines continue all down the six-foot stems. At their bases rise nob-like panicles up to 3 feet tall encrusted with tiny greenish flowers that develop into ruddy fruits.

Summer.  8 ft. x 10 ft.

Reddish flowers

Part Shade, Sun     Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
We grow this in well-drained soil but have created a modified bog by lining a 3 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft. hole with a thin plastic liner which we perforated. This allows some water to be retained but prevents standing water.

20300 NW Watson Road  Scappoose, OR 97056
(503) 543-7474    (503) 543-6933 (FAX)