The rhubarbs are stately plants, good focal points in well-watered perennial borders or at woodland edges. The large leaves arise directly from stout rhizomes; flowering stalks produce smaller leaves and prominent bracts. Blossoms are individually inconspicuous but are massed in tall, branching, plumy clusters, making a great show in late spring or early summer. Plant usually grow 4 to 10 ft. high and wide.
Grows best in deep, organically enriched soil.Rheum palmatum
From China, Tibet. To 6–8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide. Nearly round, 2–3-ft.-wide leaves are deeply cut into tooth-edged lobes. Red flower plumes to 2 ft. long. In variety –Atrosanguineum–, the entire plant is suffused with red. Leaves of R. p. tanguticum are less deeply cut than those of the species and often tinted purple; flowers may be white, pink, or red.
From Europe, Caucasus, Siberia. Rather gawky, stiff-twigged, erect growth to 4 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide...
Charming dwarf form to just 3 in. high, 1 ft. wide, with white flowers.
From mountains of central and southern Europe. Forms mat less than 1 ft. high and 3 ft. wide. Good con...