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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



Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials
Vegetables Vegetables

Bloom Season

May - July


Spring Spring
Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Rabbit

  • Colors

    Native Range



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

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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