Distinct Gunnera Outdoor Plants
If you’re looking to make a statement in your yard and have some low-lying ground to plant, the Gunnera outdoor plants are great choice for visual impact. Gunnera outdoor plants are family of about 50 herbaceous plants, many of which have extremely large leaves that can be as much as 4 feet (1.2 m) or more in diameter. The flowers are tiny and insignificant and appear in late spring and summer. These outdoor plants are native to mountainous areas of Africa, Central America, and South America and are tender perennials that cannot tolerate cold weather. Giant rhubarb is the most commonly known member of the Gunnera family. Most of these types of outdoor plants prefer to grow in shady areas that are near water. These tender perennials should be dug up and moved indoors in winter if possible. It is not easy to move these large plants, however, so the bare roots may be kept dormant in a dark place until they can be replanted outdoors in spring.
Most varieties of Gunnera can be grown from seed, although they may not germinate for several weeks. New plants may also be started by removing small offshoots that appear on the sides of the plant stalks, and planting them. They should be planted at least 6 feet (1.8 m) apart to allow for growth. These plants require a humus rich, very moist soil and are good choices for larger water gardens or boggy areas. Gunnera outdoor plants have spiny leaves and stems that can cause skin irritation, and gloves should be worn when handling any part of this plant.