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Giant Gunnera
Scientific Name: Gunnera manicata André
Synonym:
Family: Gunneraceae
Giant Gunnera (Gunnera  manicata)
Gunnera sp from Mexico in the NYBG greenhouse
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 4-6,14-17,20-24,28,31-32
USDA: 7-10

Heat Tolerance: Questionable, needs to be planted in a humid location

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: Stream sides of southern Brazil, Colombia

Growth Habits: Rhizomatous slow-growing perennial, 6 feet tall, 10 feet spread (1.8 m by 3 m)

Watering Needs: Keep soil moist

Propagation: Seeds in fall or spring


The Gunnera gets new set of dull green, prickly, 5-feet long leaves (1.5 m) in spring

Cultural Practices:
Grow the Gunnera in moist fertile soil. In colder areas, mulch the crown in winter to protect it from freezing.

Blooming Habits:
The flowers of the Gunnera manicata come in tiny spikes in early summer. They are followed by small red fruits.

Fruiting Habits:


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