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Buds begin to emerge on R. palmatum v. tanguticum.

R. palmatum v. tanguticum growth habit.

R. palmatum 'Atrosanguineum' flower.

R. palmatum 'Atrosanguineum' flower stalks.

R. palmatum 'Atrosanguineum' growth habit.

R. palmatum 'Atrosanguineum' fruit.

R. palmatum 'Red Selection' growth habit.

R. palmatum 'Red Selection' flower.

Rhubarb, Chinese Rhubarb
Rheum palmatum


Leaves grow basally, and are two to three feet long, deeply palmately lobed. Tiny white, pink, or reddish flowers have a six-part calyx, no petals, and bloom in panicles on tall, branched stems. Fruits are three-sided, white, pink, or rust-colored, quite longlasting, and are perhaps more interesting than the flowers.

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Form or Habit: upright/vertical

Plant Use: As a specimen plant, in the border, as an accent plant.

Light Requirement: full sun

Flower Color:
Bloom Period:
early summer
Height: Minimum: 72 inches      Maximum: 120 inches

Width: Minimum: 48 inches     Maximum: 120 inches

Foliage Texture: coarse

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

Water Requirements: average

Additional Comments: An ornamental relative of the more familiar, edible rhubarb, R. rhabarbarum. Requires deeply dug, fertile soil. Annual fertilizer applications are recommended.

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