|Cultivated for its large, attractive leaves and tall panicles of flowers. This species is perennial and grows from a rhizome, although it also has a huge rootstock. Do not eat leaves. They can be poisonous if ingested.
Leaves are palmately lobed, round to widely ovate, dark green, coarsely toothed, to 36 inches in length. Underside of leaf is purplish-red and has soft hairs. Flowers are soft green to dark red, small, star-shaped, numerous. Panicles are erect to slightly pendant and reach up to 6 feet tall. Grows to 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide.
Native to N.E. Tibet and N.W. China. Plant in humus-rich, moist soil and mulch annually with compost. For additional information on rhubarb, see our article on Rhubarb.