Chilean Rhubarb Gunnera tinctoria - Gunnera scabra, Panke acaulis, Panke caulescens, Panke tinctoria, Pankea chilensis

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Botanical Name:

Gunnera tinctoria







Common Name:

Chilean Rhubarb

5 - 6 ft
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  • Gunnera tinctoria

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Scarification: none required.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: surface sow on peat or sphagnum moss and keep moist by misting.
Other: Seed needs warm temperatures after sowing to germinate (75 degrees F +). Seed germination is slow, usually taking between 6 to 16 months to germinate.
Short description:
Physical Characteristics : PERENNIAL growing to 2 m (6ft 7in). It is hardy to zone 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires moist soil.
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Description Gunnera tinctoria is a giant, clump-forming herbaceous perennial. The leaves can grow up to 2.5m across. It has erect spikes of cone-shaped inflorescences (to 1m) from spring to early summer, with small flowers. The fruit is orange. The number of seeds is estimated from 80.000 per seedhead to 250.000 per plant. Gunnera tinctoria flowering on the coast of Chiloé Island , Chile
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