Autumn Beauty: Gunnera manicata

The Gunnera produces a massive inflorescence of small, reddish flowers. This flower spike can be up to 8 ft long, and if removed can weigh as much as about 30 lb. The first flower spike will appear with the young leaves in April and develop slowly – changing in colour from red to brown as it progresses. Be aware that pollen is shed in May or June with seeds ripening in October.

gunnera flower


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Pat Benson says:

    interesting! I’ve never seen that one before.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is only interesting at this time of year, when the leaves start to die down and you can actually see the flower (or seeds).

  2. chrisstov says:

    A lovely picture and a very interesting looking plant.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks chrisstov – I think the flower gets overlooked because of the size of the leaves, which are enormous!

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