Herb latin name: Gunnera perpensa
Family: Gunneraceae (Gunnera Family)
Edible parts of Gunnera perpensa:Leaves - chewed or cooked. Leaf stem - raw.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Marshes, from Ceres to Paarl, Peninsula to Port Elizabeth.
Propagation of Gunnera perpensa:Seed - best sown as soon as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a sandy mix in a cold frame. The seed can also be sown in the spring. 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. 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.
Cultivation of the herb:Marshes, from Ceres to Paarl, Peninsula to Port Elizabeth.
Medicinal use of Gunnera perpensa:None known
Known hazards of Gunnera perpensa:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.