I sure wish I had a camera: plant similar to Fatsia but not?

kristin_c(Pugest Sound 8)April 7, 2014

As I say, my camera is broken, but maybe someone can rise to the challenge.

This plant is large and reminded me initially of Gunnera, but it's not fuzzy and doesn't seem to be as big as Gunnera.

Leaves glossy and stems herbaceous, died back to the ground overwinter in temperate zone 7/8 Pacific Northwest, looks like last year it had some tall, hollow fibrous bloom stalks. Now emerging, and some leaves are larger than a football.

Where Gunnera and Fatsia have sort of star-shaped leaves, this one is almost like a big wrinkly oak leaf, if that makes sense. The leaves are glossy.

It's growing in almost full sun in not real great soil.

Things it is not: Gunnera, Fatsia, rhubarb, castor bean, fig, tetrapanax.

Thanks!

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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

This could be a lot easier if you could borrow a cell phone with a camera.
Any chance?

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 6:24PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

I'll take a stab in the dark.

How about Oakleaf hydrangea?

This post was edited by dave_in_nova on Mon, Apr 7, 14 at 20:06

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 8:03PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Darmera peltata has been described as the smaller garden's Gunnera, not totally uncommon in landscapes here.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 9:11PM
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