Friday, August 2, 2013

Gardening With Dinosaurs-Gunnera

Okay, Okay there aren't actually dinosaurs roaming my garden beds but it feels like it with this monster.  Gunnera is a beast and only gets bigger every year. 

Three seasons ago I was looking for ways to get Sean involved in more of my hobbies.  On a weekend visit to the Oregon Coast we wandered into Seven Dees Nursery and they had this ginormous plant that they called a Dinosaur plant.  Sean became so enamored with it that I knew it would be his gateway drug into being slightly intrigued with gardening.

Later that season I found a tiny start that was barely a foot tall with three little leaves for $12 at a spring plant show at the Clark County Fairgrounds.  Now three seasons later this thing is towering above us at over 6 feet tall.  

The stalks and stems are super spiny and prickly but not like thorns on a rosebush.  They are prickly like what you'd imagine on the back of a scaly prehistoric dinosaur.   The texture of the leaves are leathery, thick and rough.  It requires no maintenance.  Gunnera also appears to be fairly disease resistant because I have done absolutely nothing to protect this plant.   

 I can only imagine little boys cutting down the leaves of their mother's Dinosaur plant to beat one another or create an entire roof to a fort with one of these leaves!  When I had our little vintage show at the house there were so many people that became so intrigued by this enormous plant that they wandered into the yard to touch and observe this huge beast.  If you want to check it out for yourself, feel free to send me a message.  I would be more than happy to show you this incredibly masculine and unique plant.  



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