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Rhubarb | Plant Profile

Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) are bush-like perennials with large leaves and and thick leafstalks. Unlike other cultivars, this variety of Rhubarb is not fit for culinary consumption. However, the large, dark, lobed leaves and red flower plumes are ornamentally valued. The flower plumes consist of clusters of tiny dark red flowers that rise high above the foliage.

Rhubarb prefer fertile, medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun to part shade.

These perennials are large statement pieces that need room to grow. They can be ornamental entryway accents that also provide privacy. Align to create unique borders between yards or along streams.


Rhubarb Characteristics

Rhubarb are large easy to grow perennials. In the Pennsylvania climate, they are suited to full sun, but light shade can be appreciated. Drought and dry soils can harm Rhubarb, so be sure that they soils do not dry out. To propagate or control the size, divide the plants in early spring.

There are few serious disease or insect issues that threaten Rhubarb. Crown rot can occur in poorly drained soils. Borers and beetles may be occasional visitors.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 7
6.00 - 10.00'
4.00 - 6.00'
Bloom Time
May - July
Full Sun to Part Shade
Deer Resistant?