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.
Botanical name: Rheum x hybridum
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
Hardiness: Fully hardy
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