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Ornamental Rhubarb Plants for Landscaping?

Yes, you bet!

Ornamental varieties of Rhubarb with their striking leaves and flowers, are available to gardeners to beautify their landscape.

You can, of course, use regular, edible rhubarb (and harvest it when it is ready!) to compliment your existing garden plants, or you can plant ornamental rhubarb.


Ornamental Rhubarb Garden Landscaping Plants

Here follow some of varieties that are available for those interested in growing rhubarb to beautify their landscape.

An ornamental rhubarb plant will make a great, vertical accent, and dramatic focal point in a suitable garden.

Everyone loves something "unique" and "different" in their landscape design, so why not try ornamental rhubarb ... or edible rhubarb! ;)







Not all garden centers sell these types of rhubarb, so you may need to contact several on line, and see what they have available, and what areas of the country they ship their plants to.

All rhubarb plants, ornamentals included, are perennial plants, meaning they come up "on their own" each spring.

These plants will require occasional maintenance, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter.


Many visitors to Rhubarb-Central.com ask about "wild" rhubarb plants ... however ...

Wild Rhubarb, or Common burdock, which confuses many gardeners because of its appearance being similar to that of rhubarb, is a weed and does not belong to the same "plant family" as rhubarb.


Varieties of Ornamental Rhubarb

GUNNERA MANICATA

Gigantic Rhubarb Ornamental Rhubarb Gunnera Manicata Lilly SmuulThe Gunnera Manicata Ornamental Rhubarb Plant

Take a look at the size of those leaves (above image) !

This variety of rhubarb is a great choice for screening (a privacy plant). The leaves are huge, and the plant is a fast growing variety. This plant requires a lot of moisture, and makes a perfect waterside plant. Grows best in full sun.

The photo above, is courtesy of Lilly Smuul, who took it in Kenmare, Ireland. Lilly has advised me that her experience is, that, if you touch this type of plant you may get a rash of small red spots, lasting for 2 - 3 days. Thanks Lilly!

Height: 5 - 6 feet
Spread: 10 feet
Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10



RHEUM PALMATUM 'TANGUTICUM'

Ornamental Rhubarb Plant For Gardens Rheum Palmatum 'Tanguticum'The Rheum Palmatum 'Tanguticum' Plant

Leaves of the Rheum Palmatum 'Tanguticum' PlantLeaves of the Rheum Palmatum 'Tanguticum' Plant

This variety of species palmatum has large, toothed leaves with green tops and very intense rosy-purple reverses. It produces new, freshly coloured leaves until late summer. The flowers are tall spires of tiny white/creamy coloured flowers that bloom in early summer. This type of rhubarb prefers soil that is rich in compost and retains moisture, but that is well drained. Grows best in sun or part shade.

Height: 2 - 5 feet
Spread: 3 - 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 10



RHEUM PALMATUM 'TANGUTICUM' 'ROTE AUSLESE'

Ornamental Rhubarb Red for Landscaping Rheum Palmatum 'Tanguticum' 'Rote Aulese'The Rheum Palmatum 'Tanguticum' 'Rote Aulese' (Red Variety)

This variety is similar to the variety above, except it is the 'Red Selection'.

This variety is a very interesting plant to look at. It has an almost prehistoric-look to it with colossal, divided leaves. The leaves begin reddish bronze, and as they mature through the season they become dark green with purple undersides. Then, in the fall they turn quite red. Maroon panicles are produced atop the towering flower stems. Blooms June to July. This type of rhubarb prefers soil that is rich in compost and retains moisture, but that is well drained. Grows best in sun or part shade.

Height: 6 1/2 feet
Spread: 5' feet
Hardiness Zone: to 5







RHEUM 'ACE OF HEARTS'

The 'Ace of Hearts' Plant  Rhubarb Plants for LandscapingThe 'Ace of Hearts' Plant

This variety of rhubarb grown for ornamental purposes has large, bold shaped foliage which comes out entirely reddish in the spring. The tops of the leaves eventually fade to green, but the reverses remain boldly dark red. Pale pink flower stalks grow upright from the plant. Blooms in summer. This plant prefers soil that is rich in compost and retains moisture, but is well-drained. Grows best in sun or part shade.

Height: 2 - 4 feet
Spread: 3 - 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 10



RHEUM ALEXANDRAE

Rhubarb for Ornamental PurposeThe Rheum Alexandrae Plant

Rheum Alexandrae Ornamental RhubarbRheum Alexandrae thrives in Western China

This ornamental rhubarb plant is medium in size and, unlike other ornamental varieties of rhubarb it reaches a height of about 1 metre. It grows an amazing tower clothed in overlapping hand-sized creamy/yellow bracts that veil its insignificant flowers and seeds (see picture). The leaves are white-veined and lance shaped. This plant is found in the lush marshy meadows and stream sides in Tibet and western China. This plant blooms May to July. Grows best in a sunny location, but in a cool, damp location.

Height: 3 feet
Spread: 1 1/2 feet
Hardiness Zone: to 5


Why not consider ornamental rhubarb for your garden. It surely is an eye-catcher, especially the giant rhubarb!







See the Following Helpful Links for Rhubarb Gardening:

GROWING Rhubarb

FORCING Rhubarb

Rhubarb VARIETIES

Rhubarb PLANT CARE

PLANTING Rhubarb

TRANSPLANTING Rhubarb

Rhubarb COMPANION Gardening

More COMPANION Plant Ideas

HARVESTING Rhubarb

Rhubarb SEEDS

Rhubarb FLOWERS

Rhubarb LEAVES

Rhubarb PESTS

Rhubarb DISEASES

ORGANIC Rhubarb

LINKS RELATED TO RHUBARB GARDENING

NATURAL PESTICIDE RECIPES and Information

The EASIEST Vegetable to Grow

WEED CONTROL Tips

WHERE to Grow Rhubarb

How to GET RID OF SLUGS

CONTAINER GARDENING - Can Rhubarb be Grown in Containers/Pots?

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