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Rheum palmatum 'Atrosanguineum'

Chinese rhubarb

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

Chinese rhubarb is a dramatic plant for a border. The large leaves are vivid crimson-purple while young, and grow to 75cm (30in) across. In mid-summer, enormous flower-spikes, like those of domestic rhubarb in flower, push up through the middle of the clumps and produce sprays of rich cerise-pink flowers. It is best to remove the entire flower stalk when the blooms begin to fade, to maintain the vigour of the plants. This makes a good foliage plant for a border, setting off summer flowers well. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Polygonaceae

Genus: Rheum

Species: palmatum

Cultivar: Atrosanguineum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: July to August


Reader reviews

weejen

i so hope this is the rheum palmatum i have i cant find the label . it has survived with me in the highlands of scotland which is exciting.we have had minus 18 this winter


weejen

i so hope this is the rheum palmatum i have i cant find the label . it has survived with me in the highlands of scotland which is exciting.we have had minus 18 this winter


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