Rheum rhaponticum
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Rheum rhaponticum


  family polygonaceae 
  genus rheum 

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Genus  Rheum Species  rhaponticum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  rhubarb   pieplant Family  POLYGONACEAE Specimen number  S12037 Data source  UnVeg p333
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual,Perennial Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  3' - 4' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 26 Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Full sun is needed for Rheum rhaponticum to do its best.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  The root is inedible; the leaves can be fatally toxic Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It is mildly fruity and fibrous.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Crowns and leaves Crop spacing  2' - 4' Row spacing  4' Cold frame  Planting period  Mar 01 - Jul 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Hardy Heat requirement  Cool Fertilizer  Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium Time to harvest  in the late spring of the third year
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Stalks Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  mildly fruity and fibrous
Horticulture notes  The optimal planting season is from March to July. Typical crop spacing is 2'. Separate each row by approximately 4'. It does not necessarily require warm days for good production. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are all required for optimal growth. The best harvesting period is in the late spring of the third year. Rheum rhaponticum is typically propagated by seed.
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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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