Rhubarb is a rhizomatous perennial whose leafstalks (technically leaf petioles but often referred to as ‘sticks’ or 'stems') are grown as a vegetable but used mainly as a dessert. It crops over a long period, is completely hardy and grows in any garden soil.

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Quick facts

Common name: Rhubarb
Botanical name: Rheum x hybridum
Group: Vegetable
Flowering time: Early spring to late summer (April until July)
Planting time: Winter (November until March)
Height and spread: Up to 75cm (2½ft) high and 1m (3ft) wide
Aspect: Sun
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Difficulty: Easy

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