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Garden Rhubarb

Rheum rhaponticum

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Polygonaceae (Dock)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
120 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Gardens, wasteland.

Flower:
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Green, 6 petals
 
Small greenish-white flowers, appearing in dense clusters on long stalks. Wind pollinated.
Fruit:
A 3 winged, brown achene. The seeds ripen in July.
Leaves:
Large heart-shaped leaves, up to 1 metre or more in height. Maybe confused with similar looking species such as Butterbur, Coltsfoot and Chilean Giant Rhubarb. Perennial. Seldom seen growing wild in the UK but may be found on abandoned allotments.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual