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Rheum palmatum
Rheum palmatum
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Rheum palmatum

Chinese Rhubarb

USDA Zone: 5-9

Plant number: 1.453.010

Cousins to regular old garden rhubarb, the ornamental forms are wonderful for their bold, architectural effect in the border. This selection also referred to Chinese Rhubarb has large, thick, rounded, dark green leaves. Bizarre spikes of pink to red flowers tower overhead in early summer. Requires a large growing area. Needs a moist site. The roots are used in Chinese medicine for treatment of a variety of medical conditions including constipation, diarrhea, peptic ulcers, immunosuppression, high blood pressure and cancer but CAUTION is recommended as leaves are poisonous.

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Rheum palmatum

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Deep Pink
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
   180-300 cm
   70-117 inches
   150-180 cm
   59-70 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate