|Rheum alexandrae is cultivated for its large, attractive leaves and tall panicles of flowers. This species is perennial and grows from a rhizome.
Leaves are rosetted, dark green, shiny, oblong to ovate, entire, to 8 inches in length. Leaf bases are heart-shaped and veins are conspicuous. Flowers are yellowish-green, small, star-shaped. Prominent bracts, which nearly hide the flowers, are white to greenish cream, 4 or more inches in length. Panicles are pendant and reach up to 24 inches tall. Grows to 5 feet tall and 24 inches wide.
Native to W. China and Tibet. Plant in humus-rich, moist soil and mulch annually with compost. For additional information on rhubarb, see our article on Rhubarb.