I think that's the name anyway...has anyone grown this before? I have a
large pond and I want to plant some things that cover up some of the ugly
areas around the edge, and also create some private areas. I saw Gunnera in
a catalog and it looks neat. What is your experience with it? Does it really
grow as big as they say it does? Is it as pretty as in the catalogs?
Boonies of East Texas
I don't know what it could do in your climate, but in mine (cool and
wet) gunnera manicata grows big. Seriously big. On a mature plant, one
leaf is big enough to be a rain-umbrella for several adults sheltering
underneath it. A mature plant might have a dozen leaves or more, each
6ft stalk thicker than my arm and spikily rough, carrying a leaf the
size of a tabletop. The flower spikes are weird, like a sort of pinkish
christmas tree, but not what I'd call pretty. They skulk underneath the
leaf canopy so you only see them if you're there too.
Where there's enough space, they are very spectacular, handsome
wetland/bog plants during summer. I wouldn't plant one where space is
limited, or where people might brush past.
Janet (West Scotland)
they are thugs. Water celery comes in green and a variegated pink, white, green
gets up to 18" high and is great for water filters too. much easier plant.
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