Monday, November 12, 2012

Gunnera manicata

This photo of Gunnera manicata was taken at Dart's Hill Garden in Surrey BC. The two most commonly available giant Gunneras that we see in the PNW are Gunnera manicata & Gunnera tinctoria (syn. Gunnera chilensis). Unfortunately G. tinctoria is often sold as G. manicata & it can be difficult to tell the difference until they flower. A non scientific way to tell the difference is that the inflorescence of  G. Manicata resembles a Bottle Brush while those of G. tinctoria resemble Corn on the Cob! If planted in the same conditions G. manicata will be larger in every way.
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