In mid-spring it rises again, pushing up like zombie arms.
The fearful flower heads shoot up in May, spikes that contain both male and female flowers. Each may produce more than 80,000 seeds, which can be spread by birds or water.
The leaves expand throughout early summer
Then, as summer wears on, it starts to look sort of tired.
Brown patches and tatters in fall mean it's time to sharpen the loppers.
And in putting the garden to bed, the leaves are lopped and piled on the base of the plant. At a previous home we had two large patches of Gunnera, and the leaf-lopping was always a melancholy chore, cold hands and clouds of breath.