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Poor Man's Parasol

Gunnera insignis

a.k.a. Poor Man's Umbrella

Shrubby plant known for its huge leaves, up to 4-6 feet wide.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Poor Man's Parasol. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in March 2013.


Medium or small sized shrub native to wet subtropical areas and mountainous tropical zones.


It is hardy below freezing, although probably only to 25-30F.

Growing Environment

Seems to do well in cloud-forest like conditions, and will grow in part shade or low light. Water regularly.


By seeds.


Grown as an ornamental for its huge leaves, which along with being large in size, are ornamental-having pretty red veins.

Native Range

Native to Central and South America.

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Related Species

Gunnera insignis
Poor Man's Parasol