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Give it pride of place in a large border or damp woodland, with lots of humus (an a hose pipe near by); ideal by a pond, stream and ditch
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: deep, permanently moist, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: June
- Hardiness: fully hardy (borderline)
A dramatic, architectural plant, with massive, deeply veined, rounded leaves held on stout, prickly stems. This majestic plant looks wonderful at the edge of a large pond or stream where its foliage is reflected in the water. One of the most spectacular plants that can be grown in Britain, it requires deep, permanently moist, humus-rich soil, lots of space and protection from cold, drying winds.
- Garden care: Cut back the dying leaves in autumn. In frost-prone areas protect the crown of the plant with a dry winter mulch such as straw.
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Comments about Gunnera manicata:
Supposedly easy in boggy soil but it failed for me !
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Low rating because I did not know when I bought it that it was not a proper rhubarb, we cannot eat it which I did not know, it look like a rhubard but it is not, be aware!
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Q:I have just bought a gunnera is it ok to plant it now or should I wait til spring. It's leaVes haven't died down yet still very green.Asked on 8/11/2016 by Dizzy dahlia from Devon
As long as the ground isn't frozen or freezing outside you could plant now, but this plant isn't fully hardy so you will need to protect the crown from frosts.
After cutting back in the autumn use leaves to protect the crown or insulate with a layer of dry leaves or chipped bark.Answered on 10/11/2016 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Plants for boggy area?
Dear Crocus I have an area in my woodland that is really, really, boggy, can you advice on what plants would be suitable. Many thanks. EmmaAsked on 13/4/2010 by emma freeman
A:Hello Emma, There are a few plants that will thrive in boggy soil - here are some of the best:- Gunnera manicata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/gunnera-manicata-/classid.2880/ Osmunda regalis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ferns/classid.1834/ Carex elata Aurea http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/grasses/carex-elata-aurea/classid.77799/ Ligularia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.ligularia/ Astilbe Fanal http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/astilbe-fanal-%C3%97-arendsii/classid.2579/ Zantedeschia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.zantedeschia/ Sambucus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.sambucus/ Rodgersia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.rodgersia/ Hostas http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hosta/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 14/4/2010 by emma freeman
A:Dear Helen Many thanks for list of plants I have ordered several of them. RegardsAnswered on 13/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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