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 #139070  by petercw
 Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:28 pm
What is it, growing here in Matamata..
Very large with huge seed pods.
 #139073  by Derb
 Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:06 pm
I would like to know also - we have one in our garden :D
 #139074  by scubadoo
 Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:17 pm
 #139084  by petercw
 Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:23 pm
Yep that's it, thx
Gunnera is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants. Some species have extremely large leaves. Species in the genus are variously native to Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Papuasia, Hawaii, insular Southeast Asia, Africa, and Madagasca
 #139090  by Roamnz
 Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:48 pm
Hi Peter, just noticed you have the correct answer to your query. Our neighbour is a very experienced plant person,
Her response...
“the plant is of the Gunnera family... not sure that it would grow in a cold climate well and it likes fairly swampy soil. We don't sell them here and I'm not sure but I think they're classed as a weed in NZ.”
 #139092  by petercw
 Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:04 pm
Thx Smillie.. It's actually growing in the garden of one of our local industrial businesses.. The owner uses the building to restore his small collection of cars and machines.. :o
 #139153  by Derb
 Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:13 pm
Agree with the "Cold climate" bit as ours has just wilted at the 1st cool southerly here. No probs as it usually takes off again in spring.
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