! These small Triffids grow into Giants!
Gunnera manicata is one of the largest, most spectacular, architectural herbaceous plants grown in our gardens. Commonly known as ‘giant rhubarb’, this plant is not related to the rhubarbs at all, although it is not difficult to see how it got its common name.
The giant leaves can grow to 6ft (1.8m) or more across and are very similar in appearance to rhubarb leaves. They grow directly from the base of the plant and have strong, prickly stems. The leaves are very rough and they can make a rasping noise under windy conditions as they brush together. The flowers are hidden away among the foliage and appear in summer as green, conical spikes which turn brown when in seed.