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Rheum palmatum 'Red Herald' (Chinese rhubarb 'Red Herald')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Rheum palmatum 'Red Herald'

Other names

Chinese rhubarb 'Red Herald'

Genus

Rheum Rheum

Variety or Cultivar

'Red Herald' _ 'Red Herald' is robust, clump-forming, deciduous perennial with dark red stems bearing large, deeply-lobed, dark green leaves, red when young and red beneath. Spike-like panicles of tiny, star-shaped, red flowers bloom in early summer.


Rheum palmatum 'Red Herald' is: Deciduous

Flower

Red in Summer

Foliage

Red in Spring; Dark-green, Flushed red in Summer; Flushed red, Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Crown rot Crown rot

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Rheum palmatum 'Red Herald' (Chinese rhubarb 'Red Herald') will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 1.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Waterside, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in moist, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Mulch with well-rotted farmyard manure in late winter or spring.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Rheum palmatum 'Red Herald'

Other names

Chinese rhubarb 'Red Herald'

Genus

Rheum Rheum

Variety or Cultivar

'Red Herald' _ 'Red Herald' is robust, clump-forming, deciduous perennial with dark red stems bearing large, deeply-lobed, dark green leaves, red when young and red beneath. Spike-like panicles of tiny, star-shaped, red flowers bloom in early summer.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous


Colour

Flower

Red in Summer

Foliage

Red in Spring; Dark-green, Flushed red in Summer; Flushed red, Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Specific diseases

Crown rot

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Rheum palmatum 'Red Herald' (Chinese rhubarb 'Red Herald') will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 1.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Waterside, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in moist, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Mulch with well-rotted farmyard manure in late winter or spring.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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