Chilean Rhubarb

Gunnera tinctoria
photo: Drew Avery
Gunnera tinctoria
Gunnera tinctoria

Gunnera

<i>Gunnera tinctoria</i> <i>Gunnera tinctoria</i>

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.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 8' 0" high x 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

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