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Rheum palmatum 'Ace of Hearts'

Rhubarb

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

White

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Rhubarbs aren't just for the kitchen, and many are great fun in borders. The big asset is their large leaves though their flowers, which appear on huge spikes, are also good eye-catchers. The advantage of 'Ace of Spades' is that it doesn't get that big - other kinds hit 2m and more - making it a good choice for a small garden. Its dark green leaves are roughly heart-shaped, and the tiny white flowers grow in a 1m-long vertical spray. The best site is on rich, damp ground which does not dry out in summer.

Family: Polygonaceae

Genus: Rheum

Species: palmatum

Cultivar: Ace of Hearts

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to divide plants: March to March


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