Ornamental Rhubarb


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Rheum palmatum tanguticum

Zone: 3
Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Shade
Mature Size: 70″H x 39″W
Flower Colour: Deep Pink, Light Pink, Red
Flowering Time: Spring to Early Summer
Growth Rate: Medium

Description: Cousins to regular old garden rhubarb, the ornamental forms are wonderful for their bold, architectural effect in the border. This form has large pointy-edged leaves tinged with bronzy-red in spring, later becoming green. Bizarre spikes of flowers tower overhead in summer, in shades of soft pink to red, and these are interesting as cut flowers. Plants must have a rich, moist site to perform their best. Clumps may be divided in early spring, but this is seldom necessary. Roots have been used medicinally in China, but the stems are not edible. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.

Ornamental Features: Accent: Good Texture/Form, Border, Containers, Cut Flower

Landscape Features: Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Poisonous/Toxic, Specimen, Waterside, Woodland

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