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Zones 2B, 3-7, 14-17, 31-41
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Leaves are toxic if ingested.

Rheum palmatum

Ornamental Rhubarb
Polygonaceae
Deciduous, Perennials

RHEUM

These are striking big-leafed plants if you have the water to sustain them. The large leaves arise directly from stout rhizomes; flowering stalks produce smaller leaves and prominent bracts that are massed in tall, branching, plumy clusters. They make a great show in late spring or early summer. Grows best in deep, organically enriched soil. For the edible plant, see Rhubarb.

Rheum palmatum

From China and Tibet. Grows to 6–8 ft. tall and 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 are often tinted purple; flowers may be white, pink, or red.

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