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Welcome to our plant search tool. This database contains many of the thousands of plants that we carry. There are some notable exceptions. Hundreds of new perennials come out every year and Make It Green has been a leader in making them available to you. Eventually the recent introductions will make it to our plant search tool but every year there will be a lag between our in-store plant selection and this search tool. Unfortunately this search tool can't cover everything that we will carry this year. We also carry over 100 varieties of rare and unusual evergreens and over 100 varieties of hard-to-find shrubs many of which are not in the plant search. Click on the Plant List button for a list of nearly all the woody plants (trees, shrubs and evergreens) that we have ordered or already have in stock for this coming year.


Ornamental Rhubarb*

Rheum palmatum 'var. tanguticum'

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Ornamental Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum 'var. tanguticum') at Make It Green Garden Centre

Ornamental Rhubarb in bloom

Ornamental Rhubarb in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Ornamental Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum 'var. tanguticum') at Make It Green Garden Centre

Ornamental Rhubarb foliage

Ornamental Rhubarb foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  6 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a


An audacious plant with gigantic deeply divided dark green leaves that turn vivid red in the fall; plumes of the dark red to maroon flowers tower above the massive plants in summer

Ornamental Features

Ornamental Rhubarb features bold spikes of white flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. Its attractive enormous serrated lobed leaves emerge deep purple in spring, turning green in colour with curious gray undersides throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Ornamental Rhubarb is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Ornamental Rhubarb is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Ornamental Rhubarb will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 6 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Articulation  Garden  Bog 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features