Da Huang/Chinese Rhubarb

Rheum palmatum

With large, dark green, palmate leaves, this plant is showy and bold, especially in mid-Summer when it sends up tall pinkish-red flower stalks. Kin to culinary rhubarb, Rheum palmatum should not be eaten. However its root is used in Chinese medicine to treat stomach ailments and constipation, and to provide relief from fever.

Water: Needs even moisture, do not over or under water

Hardiness: Frost Hardy


Habit: This plant wants space; it grows 6 to 10' high and 4 to 6' wide

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Fertile, well-draining soil, tolerates loam to clay

Origin: China and Tibet

Da Huang/Chinese Rhubarb