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Gunnera perpensa - L.

Common Name
Family Gunneraceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Marshes, from Ceres to Paarl, Peninsula to Port Elizabeth.
Range S. Africa.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Gunnera perpensa


Gunnera perpensa

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Gunnera perpensa is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 6in). It is in flower in August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Stem
Edible Uses:

Leaves - chewed or cooked[177]. Leaf stem - raw[177].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a damp humus rich soil in a sunny position or semi-shade[1, 200]. The top part of the inflorescence is male, the bottom is female and the middle is hermaphrodite[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a sandy mix in a cold frame[200]. The seed can also be sown in the spring[188]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division as new growth commences in the spring[200]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Readers comment

e hammond   Sat May 10 02:17:07 2003

This gunnera is a wonderful and showy part of any moist garden. A great sub for the more aggresive Petasites.

Link: heronswood.com

Ntobeko   Mon Apr 25 12:18:33 2005

can u please e-mail me more on cultivation and indiscriminately harvesting of this plant

Murray Sanders   Thu Sep 7 2006

Bru, you've made a grave mistake on the uses of G.perpensa, the fleshy Rhizomatous structures of this Geophyte are widley used for their Emetic and Expellant properties, does the isiZulu word... 'Ghobo' ring a bell?? They use it extensivley in the afterbirth treatment of both women and Cattle stock to expell reminants of placenta and afterbirth!!! Huge medicinal rating...I'd say a 5!!

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