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Rheum palmatum/Chinese Rhubarb, Turkey Rhubarb, Ornamental Rhubarb

Rheum palmatum / Rheum palmatum
Floral stalk at the Zurich, Switzerland Botanical Garden in May
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Floral stalk at the Zurich, Switzerland Botanical Garden in May

Floral stalks with drying seeds

Close view of the seed heads

Full range of developing flowers to seeds

Coarse textured foliage

Full view of a mature plant

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Scientific Name: Rheum palmatum
Common Name: Chinese Rhubarb, Turkey Rhubarb, Ornamental Rhubarb
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Pink
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: The Ornamental Rbubarb makes a handsome coarse textured foliage plant in the garden. It sends up tall, pinkish-colored floral stalks in late spring to early summer. Performs best in the cooler regions of the country. Needs a deep, rich soil for best results. Cannot tolerate the hot, humid South. Mulch plants to keep roots cool during the summer months. Parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. Parts of the plants have been used for centuries in the medicial profession.