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Rhubarb is an old-fashioned vegetable, grown for its brilliant red stems which are often used in pies and desserts. While its stems are noted for their culinary qualities, its leaves are poisonous and must be removed before cooking.

Latin Name

Rheum x hybridum


Family

Polygonaceae


Type of Plant

Perennials
Vegetable

Bloom Season

May - July


Seasons

Spring
Summer

Specifications

Max Height: 3'
Max Spread: 3'

Uses

  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Tollerances

  • Rabbit

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Asia


    History

    George Washington planted rhubarb seed in the Botanical Garden in April of 1788.


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