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Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum
Common Name: Ornamental Rhubarb Family: Polygonaceae (The Buckwheat Family)

Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum
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This form of species palmatum has large toothed leaves with green tops and intense rosy-purple reverses. It continues to produce new, freshly coloured leaves until late summer. Tall spires of tiny white flowers reach skywards in early summer. A truly dramatic focal plant. Prefers a deep, humus-rich, moisture retentive yet well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Asia - China and Japan
Native Habitat:
Scrub and rocky places and by streams, 2500 - 4000 m. Slopes and valleys at elevations of 1500 - 4400 m in western and northern China.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height2-4'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread3-5'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureSun Part Sun Part Shade  Foliage ColourGreen Burgundy/Red/Purple 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone5-10  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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