Rheum palmatum ‘Atrosanguineum’

Scientific name: Rheum palmatum ‘Atrosanguineum’

Synonym: Rheum palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’


Common names: “Chinese ornamental rhubarb” “Purple ornamental rhubarb”

Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial


Zone: 5-9

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Fertile, deep, humus soil

Moisture: Moist well drained – tolerates less moisture but not wet feet


Plant Size: H 3′ W 6′ leaves, flower stalk to 8′

Leaf and Stem shape: Broad, palmately lobed leaves that open rich purple, fading to dark green with purplish undersides

Flower: Bright pink, in large erect panicles

Pruning: None

Maintenance: Mulch, leaves fade to green in early summer, remove leaves and flowers in late june, feed and water, and new leaves will regrow for extended purple colour

Landscape use: Flower beds, informal garden

Propagate: By seed and division

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

Comments: Leaves from this plant stop weevil larvae if used as a mulch under weevil prone plants,

Cultivars: ~AGM winners: R. p. ‘Hadspen Crimson’ & R. p. ‘Bowles’s Crimson’


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