Our Native Gunnera

The Dunedin Botanic Garden has a few patches of native Gunnera; this is a groundcover plant and couldn’t be more different from the exotic species ~huge plants with enormous stems and leaves! Our native Gunnera prorepens has beautiful spikes of red berries in autumn, I took these photos on 29 April 2021. New Zealand.


More information: a 2016 article from the ODT, Romping away with moisture.

Here the Gunnera prorepens complements the Veronica sp. (Hebe) perfectly.

Next photo gives you a closer look at the berries. Two spikes are reasonably in focus. Click on the photo to enlarge – you may need to click twice to fully enlarge.

For comparison here’s the leaf and stem of an exotic Gunnera.
I took the photo at Maple Glen Garden in Southland on 04 April.


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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  1. The hebe and gunnera combination looks great – such sculptural shapes. It’s extraordinary to see how different the two gunneras are.

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    1. It’s funny how perfectly opposite we are. Just in the last few days a NZ person posted the first daffodil they’d seen this year, someone in the northern hemisphere posted the first signs of autumn.

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