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Chilean Giant Rhubarb

Gunnera tinctoria

Plant Data

Order:
Gunnerales
Family:
Gunneraceae (Gunnera)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
2 to 3 foot sausage-shaped spikes. Individual flowers are reddish-green and tiny.
Fruit:
Numerous, closely packed, tiny, orangish-red, berry-like fruits (drupes).
Leaves:
Giant rhubarb-like leaves. The leaves can be as large as 2 metres across. They are palmately lobed, leathery, toothed and cordate at their bases.
Maximum Size:
3 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
Many species of gunnera are very poisonous but this species has edible leaf stalks. The young stalks can be eaten raw or cooked and eaten like you would vegetables.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Decaying leaves can have an unpleasant smell.
Other Names:
Chilean Gunnera, Chilean Rhubarb, Giant Rhubarb, Gunnera.
Habitats:
Gardens, wasteland.