|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 compound, red-green when young, dark purplish-green at maturity, to 36 inches in length. Leaflets are sharply jagged. Flowers are white, pink, or red, small, star-shaped, numerous. Panicles are erect and reach up to 6 feet tall. Grows to 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide.
Plant in humus-rich, moist soil and mulch annually with compost. For additional information on rhubarb, see our article on Rhubarb.