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Gunnera Passage

A visit to Trebah during the growing season would not be complete without experiencing the green twilight world of the Gunnera Passage. Much loved by children and situated between Azolla Pool and Mallard Pond, the passage leads beneath a great swathe of ‘Giant Rhubarb’ or ‘Elephant’s Rhubarb’. When it rains you can take shelter beneath them or on a hot day, the leaves create welcome shade.

This native of the mountains of SE Brazil has absolutely enormous leaves, borne aloft on thick succulent, prickly stems as thick as a man’s wrist.


Tip Toe through the Gunnera, the giants are asleep

Facts about Gunnera

  • Gunnera manicata was named after a Norwegian botanist, Johann Ernst Gunnerus (he was also a bishop)
  • The leaves can grow up to 2.5m across
  • It is an herbaceous perennial and the leaves die back in autumn and the plant remains dormant over the winter
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