Plant Search » Result List

Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum


Rheum palmatum is an ornamental rhubarb with huge leaves, often flushed with red beneath.

This form of Rheum 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.

Common Name: Ornamental Rhubarb

Family: Polygonaceae (The Buckwheat Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-10

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 2-4'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

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.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

View All Plants of this Genus

Check Availability

*The Plant Encyclopedia is updated each year to provide a representation of the plants we offer, have offered, and may offer again. However, it is not a live inventory of our stock. Not all plants will be available at all times or in every year. Use the link above to enquire about the availability of this plant. Additionally, we carry many plants that have not yet been entered into our database so please enquire if you don’t see what you’re looking for. Plants are available only for on-site sales at our nursery in Richmond, BC, Canada or for shipping within Canada. We do not ship internationally. However, if you are visiting the nursery from afar, we can arrange for the necessary permits and paperwork for you to take plants back with you to your country.