Rheum x hybridum ‘Raspberry Red’


  • Botanical name: Rheum x hybridum 'Raspberry Red'
  • Common name: Rhubarb
  • Family: Polygonaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
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While technically a vegetable, rhubarb is considered by many to be a fruit, owing to its sweet flavour and use in desserts. For first-time vegetable growers, rhubarb is the perfect choice. Perennial, it flourishes without too much attention, bearing delicious stalks to stew and eat with porridge at breakfast, or to use as an ingredient in crumbles and tarts. Rhubarb is ready to harvest in early spring, when little else is available, making it one of the most prized crops in the vegetable garden.


Rheum x hybridum ‘Raspberry Red’ is an reactively new variety, producing deep red thick stalks early in the season – so there’s no need to force them. Stems have a particularly sweet flavour.


Plant rhubarb crowns from autumn to spring in a sunny spot in well drained soil. Prepare the soil well by digging in plenty of well rotted manure and remove all weeds. When planting crowns, ensure the top of the crown sits 3cm below soil level, and space them at 75cm intervals. Keep plants well-watered in their first year and mulch annually with home-made compost or well-rotted manure.

How to grow Rheum 'Raspberry Red'

  • Plant size

    1.4m height

    1.4m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Divide in January

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Do not Harvest in January

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Do not Harvest in June

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Do not Harvest in December

Rheum 'Raspberry Red' and wildlife

Rheum 'Raspberry Red' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Rheum 'Raspberry Red' poisonous?

Rheum 'Raspberry Red' can be toxic. Its foliage are toxic.

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No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock