Gunnera tinctoria

Also known as:

  • Gunnera chilensis
  • Giant Rhubarb
  • Gunnera scabra
  • Chilean Gunnera
  • Dinosaur Food
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Plant Type

perennial, water / bog

Zones

7a-9b

Size

H:8'-10'

Growing Conditions

Water Needs:

even moisture, high

Sun Exposure:

sun

Features

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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Gossler Farms

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Springfield, Oregon

541-746-3922

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Williams, Oregon

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Monmouth, Oregon

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31101 Middle Ridge Road Albion, California

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A mail order and retail plant nursery featuring unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and vines.

Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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Gossler Farms

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Springfield, Oregon

541-746-3922

Dancing Oaks Nursery

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Digging Dog Nursery

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31101 Middle Ridge Road Albion, California

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(707) 937-1130

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A mail order and retail plant nursery featuring unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and vines.

Daryll's Nursery

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15770 W Ellendale Road Dallas, Oregon

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(503) 623-0251

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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Jockey Hill Nursery

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Scappoose, Oregon

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Salem, Oregon

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Description by: Gossler Farms

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Springfield, Oregon

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WOW! This giant always receives raves from gardeners. Our plants grow to 10' tall and 8-10' across each year. This Jurassic Park escapee won't eat you, but will be a great conversation piece. Has been hardy to minus 12° F with heavy mulching.

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Description by: Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.

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Richmond, British Columbia

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This native of Chile is a monster perennial often called giant rhubarb or dinosaur food. The leaves can reach three to four feet in diametre and stand four to six feet tall. Grow gunnera in moist, even wet, conditions and rich soils. Less upright, more arching and slightly smaller than G. manicata.

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Scappoose, Oregon

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Boggy soil a must; BIG leaves

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Description by: Digging Dog Nursery

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Albion, California

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Everything about this amazing Chilean native is BIG! A super-sized perennial of prehistoric-looking, gargantuan magnitude, Gunnera tinctoria projects a bold, dignified persona. Palmately lobed leaves with toothed and frilled margins unfurl to 5 ft. across atop thick edible stalks that emerge from underground rhizomes, rich in tannins. Launching a large cob-shaped inflorescence inhabited by tiny rusty red flowers, the enormous domed mound adds sheer mass and a coarse stiff texture to the landscape. Although the Chilean Rhubarb sulks in high summer humidity, it is undemanding and quick to establish in moist areas, given A LOT of room and winter protection for the crowns. Hardy to zone 7.

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Salem, Oregon

503-585-9835

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Gunnera is one of South America's best additions to our gardens, with leaves easily reaching 5 ft. across and 7 ft. high, often more! It is easy and rapid-growing in moist soil, blossoming annually with tiny flowers on large 2 ft. club-like structures. Liners will look great in a #1 container or #3 container in no time! (It dislikes the high summer humidity of the East and Southeast).

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Williams, Oregon

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Dramatic (to say the least!) landscape plants for pool edge or PSh with round lobed leaves 3-6'! across; "I believe the secret for ensuring its reaching gigantic proportions... is to 'feed the brute'"(E.A.Bowles)

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Magnificent foliage plant of grand proportions with large leaves held upright.

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