The massive leaves of Rheum palmatum look tropical and exotic even though the plant is solidly hardy. The leaves contribute to a similar effect as those of Gunnera manicata (or G. tinctoria) but are much more appropriate to smaller spaces. This plant is related to culinary rhubarb. The intriguing blue patch on the right is part of the flower of the Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia). Although it can suffer badly from blackfly infestations and the leaves often become torn and broken in exposed spots, grown properly Rheum palmatum is a magnificent foliage plant. There are three or four clumps of Rheum palmatum growing in the 'rainforest'.
© Maciej Pomian-Srzednicki, 2009
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