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13/08/16<br />
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The plant photographed in 2010.<br />
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"This is probably the best year ever for our giant gunnera plant," said gardener Jenny Phillips.<br />
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"The heavy rain followed by a brief heatwave has really made it flourish.<br />
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"At almost 12 ft tall, with leaves more than 5ft in diameter, it's the biggest I've ever seen."<br />
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Jenny and her husband, Anthony, were given their gunnera manicata as a house warming gift, 25 years ago, and since then have watched it grown from a small pot to the giant plant it is today.<br />
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"It's pretty impressive," said 70-year-old Jenny. "We've taken lots of cuttings for friends and planted more ourselves and every year it amazes us with its size.”<br />
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Gunnera, also known as Chilean rhubarb, or giant rhubarb, is native to South America, but thrives in the UK's wet and warm climate, and can usually be found growing along river banks and in marshes. <br />
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Its huge leaves, together with thick, thorny stems, covered in thousands of tiny spines, come to life every spring, dying back to its roots over winter.<br />
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And whatever the British weather, the couple can take advantage of the plant's giant leaves, sheltering beneath them, with a cup of tea and biscuit, in their garden, in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.<br />
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Jenny, together with husband Anthony, were given their gunnera as a house warming gift, 25 years ago, and since then have watched it grown from a small pot to the giant plant it is today.<br />
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"It's pretty impressive," said Jenny. "We've taken lots of cuttings for friends and planted more ourselves and every year it amazes us with its size.”<br />
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If you fancy owning your own dinosaur plant, the couple’s five-bedroom house, close to Uttoxeter Racecourse is up for sale with agents John German for £950,000.<br />
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