Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Pink, White


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (24270)

Plant details

The large, jagged leaves of this rhubarb bring architectural drama to a moist pond edge. As well as being a valuble ornamental plant, its red stems are full of flavour, making this a variety well worth growing as an edible crop. Divide the rootstock in spring with a knife, leaving one bud on each division, or sow seed in autumn.

Family: Polygonaceae

Genus: Rheum

Species: palmatum var. tanguticum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink, White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to plant seeds: September to October

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: May to July

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My Rhubarb plants go to seed every year. I initially thought that it was because I forced them but that was 3 years ago. Do I just cut off the seed stalks early on.

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