Garden Rhubarb (Rheum x hybridum)


This famous plant can likely be traced back to China, although it serves as a well-known staple today in many vegetable gardens worldwide today. It was likely used for medicinal purposes prior to the 18th century throughout Europe before people began selecting plants more for their culinary properties.

We inherited an older rhubarb patch probably established around 1980 that gives us plenty of delicious giant stalks for eating and leaves for mulching each spring. We finally collected some of the seed and would love to share resulting seedlings this season with any other rhubarb-lovers. Plants should be given at least a season or two to establish themselves and should grow more robust with time. They require virtually no care and are fabulous for lazy gardeners. The plants can be revived every several years by dividing the roots to expand your patch and keep it thriving.

Plants are currently provided in recycled plastic pots donated to our nursery by community members (size varies, especially at the farmstand!). We hope to have soil blocks later this season.

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Why are We Planting This?

Edible Gifts
The stalks of this plant are amazing. We use them for fresh rhubarb pie in the spring and can them using Ball’s Rhubarb Strawberry Pie filling recipe to eat throughout the winter.

Medicinal Gifts
The plant has a rich medicinal history as well. See more below.

Other Gifts
The leaves are HUGE and make a really effective mulch for areas around your garden as you’re harvesting the stalks.

Read more about the ethnobotany of this milkweed and its history of uses at the fully-referenced Plants for a Future.

Additional information


Full, Partial




Average, Dry

Type of Plant

Non-Native Plant