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Rheum - Rhubarbs

Rheum (Rhubarb) are robust rhizomatous perennials adorned with impressive, heart-shaped leaves and tall flowering stalks boasting large feathery plumes of tiny flowers. Rhubarbs can be strictly ornamental (Rhubarb palmatum) or they can be vegetables grown for their beautiful, edible leaf stalks which are used most often in in pies, jams, and compotes. Careful: all rhubarb leaves are highly toxic, so keep them out of your kitchen.

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Rheum palmatum (Chinese Rhubarb)

A very architectural plant, Rheum palmatum (Chinese Rhubarb) is a clump-forming rhizomatous perennial grown primarily for its huge, palmately-lobed, dark green leaves, up to 30 in. long (75cm), and its feathery plumes of pink or creamy-white flowers. Blooming from late spring to midsummer, they rise on an imposing flower stalk as if to reach the sky.

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Rheum x hybridum 'Ace Of Hearts' (Rhubarb)

A very ornamental plant, Rheum x hybridum 'Ace Of Hearts' (Rhubarb) is a clump-forming rhizomatous perennial grown primarily for its large, heart-shaped, deep green leaves adorned with showy beet-red undersides. Blooming from late spring to early summer, feathery plumes of pale pink flowers rise on tall flower stalks above the foliage.

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Rheum x hybridum 'Canada Red' (Rhubarb)

Rheum x hybridum 'Canada Red' (Rhubarb) is a clump-forming perennial vegetable grown primarily for its edible leaf stalks which are used most often in sauces, jams or pies. 'Canada Red' tends to produce shorter, more slender stalks than other varieties, but is tender and very sweet and juicy with good red color.

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Rheum x hybridum 'Crimson Red' (Rhubarb)

Rheum x hybridum 'Crimson Red' (Rhubarb) is a clump-forming perennial vegetable grown primarily for its edible leaf stalks which are used most often in sauces, jams or pies. 'Crimson Red' produces tall, plump, brightly colored red stalks that are full of flavor. It is reported to be an exceptional variety for the Pacific Northwest.

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Rheum x hybridum 'Valentine' (Rhubarb)

Rheum x hybridum 'Valentine' (Rhubarb) is a clump-forming perennial vegetable grown primarily for its edible leaf stalks which are used most often in sauces, jams or pies. 'Valentine' produces long, deep red stalks that retain a good rosy color when cooked. It is much less acid than than other cultivars, and produces few or no seed stalks. Vigorous, it is an early bearer that is cold and heat-tolerant.

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Rheum x hybridum 'Victoria' (Rhubarb)

Rheum x hybridum 'Canada Red' (Rhubarb) is a clump-forming perennial vegetable grown primarily for its edible leaf stalks which are used most often in sauces, jams or pies. 'Canada Red' tends to produce shorter, more slender stalks than other varieties, but is tender and very sweet and juicy with good red color.

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