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Prickly rhubarb

Gunnera spp.

Gunnera tinctoria 6 by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Prickly rhubarb Overview

Genus with around 70 rhizomatous perennials with impressive foliage. Some species have a clumping growth habit and these tend to have very large leaves, whereas other species have smaller leaves and tend to grow in a mat-forming manner. Foliage is rounded to oval to heart-shaped and normally strongly lobed and toothed at the edges. These are often placed by water edges and can provide architectural structure to a garden. Some species are favoured for their small green-yellow flowers, produced abundantly on thick, brushy spikes.

Common problems with Prickly rhubarb

How to propagate Prickly rhubarb


You can propagate by seeds in the autumn or spring.


The small species by division in the spring.

Other uses of Prickly rhubarb

Grown for their foliage, flowers and fruits.


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