This plant starts out small but, with ample nitrogen fertilizer and water, it turns into a huge plant with gigantic leaves. The leaves will grow taller than an average size human and possibly as big as a small car! Gunnera Plant is deciduous, meaning it will die back to the ground in the winter and come back in the spring. Also the stalks are edible with a taste similar to rhubarb. The plant can tolerate sunny or shaded conditions. Gunnera is native to Southern Chile. Zone 7-10.
A perennial herb with thick stalks and massive leaves up to 6 ft. across. The young leaf stalks can be peeled and used as a vegetable. The acidic stalks taste somewhat like rhubarb however, unrelated the plant also looks like a giant version of rhubarb. Clumping form. Gunnera sprouts 'cones' from its base that produce small flowers and later showing orange fruits. Part shade or sun. Naturally a bog loving plant, prefers moist spots and fertile soils. Native to extreme Southern Chile where it is called Chilean Rhubarb. Zone 7-10.